For millennia tools have been a necessary—even crucial—part of human life. And so they remain.
Over the eons civilization evolved thanks to tools. Along the way workholding and toolholding devices helped tooling advance to where simple making became manufacturing. As a result, tooling has made possible not only human sustenance, shelter, and security but even prosperity.
Join Manufacturing Engineering Editor Emeritus James D. Sawyer as he describes how tools formed the platform on which civilization is built, where tooling, workholding and toolholding stand today, as well as the direction in which they may be heading.
James D. Sawyer
Editor Emeritus, Manufacturing Engineering
A journalist by training, James D. Sawyer has had a long and rewarding career in communications. Starting out at one of the nation's largest newspapers, he later engaged in marketing and public relations. Along the way, he served as managing editor of AutoWeek magazine and editor of the Bulletin of the American Ceramic Society. He concluded his career as editor-in-chief of Manufacturing Engineering. Now retired, Sawyer remains engaged with SME by conducting webinars and podcasts.
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