I was ten and a half years old when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar dust and into the history books. Wow, I thought, looking up that evening at the moon, half illuminated by the setting sun, how amazing is that? My childhood thoughts of “The Man in the Moon” were changed forever.
At my dad’s work back on earth, they manufactured wood panel products with routed or grooved patterns on the panel surface. They had an automated machine that held the panel upright while a vertical and horizontally moving, 2-axis router would carve a design based on data from a punched tape and tape reader (yes, a punched tape; remember this was the 50’s and 60’s). On one occasion, they were having trouble getting the plunge axis to work. This axis would thrust or retract the router blade into or away from the panel. …
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