Along with professional constructions and household repairs, DIY projects have also become pretty common. In these projects, the one tool that stands out and could potentially cripple a project in absentia is a drill. These power tools are designed to make work easier. But was this the same problem the creators of these tools had in mind when they came up with this one of a kind creation? Speaking of which, who even came up with the idea of having a drill?
Well, before we get into all that, one thing should come out clearly. Drills have come a long way ever since they were first created and designed. They constantly undergo upgrades and updates with new tech in the market making them better, smaller and all the more powerful.
Who Created The Drill?
The very first time we heard about the drill was back in 1889. This is more than a century ago. In this year Arthur James Arnot had traveled from Scotland his home country to Melbourne to help in building a power plant for an electric company. It was in the same year that he was awarded the electric drill patent. The skills he had gained working for Union Electric power combined with the knowledge he had gained while studying in Glasgow helped him to come up with this invention with the help of his friend William Blanch Brain.
How Did The Invention Idea Come About?
Arthur James Arnot as stated before was already working for a top electricity company in those days and was attending classes to further his knowledge. But what triggered the actual thought of developing an electric drill was the invention of the electric motor which was the core of the creation and development of the electric drill.
Materials that were used in the creation of the electric drill were all from the Spencer Street Powerhouse Museum. In addition to this, the two inventors had the backing of the city with regards to the production materials.
Why Was The Drill Invented?
The drill that Arnot created was not the very same one you probably have in your toolkit today. The drill that he and his friend created was designed to drill through coal and hard rocks. As such, this drill needed to be huge to be effective. But despite its enormous size, the invention paved the way for other inventors to improve on the design in the years that followed. Prior to the invention of the drill, workers in those days used their hands to drill and mine coal, stone and other hard surfaces. The work was extremely tedious, and it is easy to see why the invention was necessary.
The bit that made this invention innovative was that the design made it easy to drill, build and screw all processes that individuals had to do manually.
How Has New Technology Impacted On The Initial Design?
After the first electric drill was created, two brothers hailing from Germany put their minds into the creation of a half portable drill, and they nailed it. The two minimized the size of the drill making it easier to be moved from place to place provided it was connected to a socket via a cord. It was only in 1961 that a fully portable unit was created. This portable design was the closest design to what we have today. The batteries used back then were rated 4.8 Volts. The best cordless drill of the time progressed to 9.6 Volts, and years later, we have batteries with 36 Volt ratings and higher.
During the upgrading and improvement of the drill, there were no ethical issues that were raised with regards to design since they were developments that were much needed in the world.