J. Amsler-Laffon's Mechanical Integrator

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Date Introduced
1883 ca.
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
3 1/2 x 24 3/8 x 16 3/4 in. (box dimensions)
Manufacturer
Amsler
Credit Line
Courtesy of Gordon and Gwen Bell
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Location
Switzerland
Keywords
Switzerland; Germany
Object ID
B1506.01

Complicated devices like this were often used in ship design. Measuring the surface area of a cross-section drawing of the hull gives the engineer information about the ship's capacity and center of gravity, which determines seaworthiness.