Shaft alignment tool, My 1st invention

Contributed by Rick Hunt Inventor

Shaft alignment tool, My 1st invention

The pictured alignment tool was my first invention, when I started to cut the Aluminium block it was made from, I was a dreamer, three hours later...I was an inventor! the tool was created to help me align shafts in industry, in order to reduce wear and save energy, it has been used countless times in 13 years and still functions perfectly. In our modern world so heavily focused on consumption, we forget about inventors, they have assumed an almost comical reputation, but without them we would have very little of the world we take for granted, Invention is something now that is hidden, like my little alignment tool, residing in my toolbox waiting for an opportunity to shine.
In 1899 the head of the US patent office claimed that "everything that could be invented had already been invented". Clearly a statement to regret, but indicative of the fact that many people do not understand what it is to invent.
So as you spend a minute looking at this little tool spare a thought for all the people responsible for inventing our world, they are as hidden as this tool has been for 13 years.

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