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The Spinning Mule

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The Spinning Mule

Samuel Crompton
(Textile Product)
© 1779 Samuel Crompton
Born December 3, 1753
After his father died, he took to spinning thread on a Spinning Jenny
Problems prompted him to make a new design
All his money for six years (Played violin for extra cash)
He lacked funds
to patent, and his
design was used
with little
payment to him
Crompton's invention improved on two existing inventions
The Spinning Jenny made thread production faster, but had less quality.
The water frame was a way to make
stronger thread.
Crompton combined these to make an
efficient machine that also made high
quality thread
This fixed the Spinning Jenny's problem of low quality thread, yet continued its higher rate of production
The Spinning Mule was the start of the mass production of textile products
Before, the making of high quality threads was painstakingly slow, and any attempts at mass production were limited by poor thread.
The Spinning Mule solved these problems, creating the supplies needed for the mass production of textile products
After Crompton's designs became used almost universally, improvements were made on its use. They all made signifigant contributions to the overall performance of the mule, but the most notable of these was Richard Robert's self-acting mule, which didn't need a human to work it.
The negative effects of the Spinning Mule, if there are any, are outweighed by the positive ones. It made the textile industry possible, allowing for the mass production of clothes and other essential items in most peoples daily lives. The only bad effect was the effect on small family textile businesses which could no longer compete with the new factories.
Technology and Innovation
Technology and innovation play a huge part in making the world a better place. They constantly raise the standard of life; many things that we take for granted now would have been considered either impossible or reserved only for the richest people only 100 years ago. We have fewer diseases, more luxuries, and the people now living in poverty are what would have been considered fairly well off in the not to distant past.
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