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Object Name: comparative display of old cam with IBM ASCC-Mark I cam
Date: 1930-1937
Inventory Number: 1997-1-0236
Classification: Computer Part
Maker: Harvard Computation Laboratory
founded 1944
Cultural Region: United States
Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.3 x 24.6 cm (3 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 9 11/16 in.)
Materials: plastic, metal
Description: Two cams mounted side by side, for comparison, on a rectangular metal plate perpindicular to a thin, rectangular metal base. Left cam is much larger, consisting of a brown wheel with shallow grooves over about one half of its circumference. It is designed to make contact with a long lever. Right cam [New Style] is much smaller, consisting of a blue and white wheel with many gooves all the way around. It it makes contact with a small piece of metal attached to a white bar.
Function: Cams are generally used to translate the rotational motion of the wheel into the motion of the lever.
Curatorial Remarks: From tag: I.B.M. Cams Left STANDARD CAM designed about 1930 Right NEW STYLE designed about 1937
Provenance: On March 13, 1997, the following instrument was picked up from the Howard H. Aiken computation Laboratory, 33 Oxford Street. The instrument was transferred to the Collection by Edward P. Jackson, Facilities Manager in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The instrument was on exhibition in the entrance area adjacent to IBM Mark I computer on the first floor of the Science Centre, Harvard University.
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