Whether you are searching for a last minute holiday gift or simply hoping to take a walk down memory lane, this list of popular toys with springs should bring a smile to your face:
At Master Spring, one of the areas we specialize in is the manufacturing of springs for the pinball industry.
As you can imagine, a pinball machine, which counts on the precise orchestration and exact timing of an untold number of moving parts, is filled with an array of springs and wire forms. And in order to ensure optimal performance, each of these parts must be manufactured to exacting specifications, quality and tolerances.
Continue reading How the Compression Spring Revolutionized Pinball
Did you know: The Slinky was originally intended for Naval Battleships?
68 years ago this month, one of the most famous helical springs of all time, The Slinky, made its public debut.
Making its debut at Gimbels Department Store in Philadelphia, PA, the toy was an instant hit, selling out its entire stock in less than 90 minutes.1 Since this time, the Slinky has become arguably the most recognizable spring of all time, tumbling its way into the hearts and homes of children all around the globe.
But did you know that originally the Slinky was never intended to be a toy. In fact, if it wasn’t for a young Naval Engineer, Richard James, the Slinky may never have been born.
Continue reading The Most Famous Helical Spring of Them All … The Slinky®
Springs are a common part of everyday life: They are found in construction equipment, sporting goods, toys, cars, electronics, bikes, and even pens.
It’s this wide-reaching demand that makes them so unique. Instead of being tied to the ups and downs of a single industry or sector, springs transcend boundaries, and they are a common part of just about everyone’s daily life.
Continue reading The Demand for Springs: A Barometer for the Economy?
Artist and Designer Harry Bertoia: Wire was his medium of choice
Harry Bertoia was born in Italy in 1915. Moving to the United States, he became an artist, designer, and teacher. His works include jewelry, sculptures, and furniture.
What was his medium of choice? Wire.
In the 1950s when most chairs were made of rigid wood, Bertoia designed a line of furniture out of welded wire which offered a “springy” feel. Innovative for its time, Bertoia’s line of furniture was first produced by Knoll in 1952 and is still being produced today. Bertoia loved the movement of wire and the way it inhabits a space without heaviness or weight.
Continue reading Harry Bertoia and Emil Burda: The Artist and the Springmaker
Recently, I wrote about how my family and I like to play a game in which we each try to spot springs in unusual places (e.g. in an ad for Maybelline Cosmetics). This is not only a fun way to pass the time, but it also serves to reinforce the idea that springs can be found just about anywhere.
So imagine my excitement when I stumbled across another great example of a spring being used in an unusual place – this time in an advertisement for shoes. Not only does this ad do a fantastic job of displaying the kinetic energy storing power of a compression spring, but it also highlights a missed business opportunity.
Continue reading Putting a ‘Spring’ in Your Step with a Compression Spring
If you’re like my husband, you watch a lot of “how to” shows. Whether it’s landscaping, flipping houses, home repairs, cooking or even rescuing bars, there’s a program showing viewers how to do everything.
Initially I thought these shows exist because people want to repair and create stuff on their own. However, after living with my husband for nearly 2 decades without a replica of Stonehenge in our yard, waterfall feature, or even pond I now think that people simply like to watch how stuff is made.
Continue reading Spring Manufacturing: How Do They That?