A Brief History of the Micrometer Part 1: The Early Period

This article is based on an original publication by Mitutoyo.

Dating back more than 5000 years to the construction of Egypt's ancient pyramids, the concept of measurement has evolved to become the foundation of modern industrial progress.

First Attempt to Measure Length with Threads

While screw threads were commonly used to raise water in ancient Greece, their capacity for measurement was overlooked until the 17th century when English astronomer W. Gascoigne first used them to measure the distance between stars. Although he did not measure the objects directly, Gascoigne's method was based on an approach similar to modern principles.


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