On Wed, 24 Nov 2004 10:47:57 -0500, Hank Gillette
Yes. Extremely high _production_
quality of a very poor specification.
You should see the factory - it's probably gorgeous.
Modern "rubbish tools" are some of the best-made engineering ever
produced. If they were made to the machining standards of a WW2
Rolls-Royce Merlin, they'd simply fall apart. There was a time when
things were well designed, cost was ignored, and hand-fitting to
assemble them was accepted (just look at the process for fitting the
reduction gears on a Merlin - the shaft was torqued to simulate load,
and only then were the bolt holes reamed by hand). These days they
have to emerge from the machine and practically fall together
themselves - no time for careful assembly or fitting.
So if that shaft is loose, it's not loose because it's mis-drilled,
it's sloppy because someone timed how long it took to assemble it when
it fitted correctly, and shaved 5 seconds off the assembler's time by
making it a slack fit instead.
Chrome plate used to be thick because the thickness couldn't be
controlled on corners and the easiest solution was to over-plate to
compensate. Now a shaped anode can control the thickness on edges and
corners to be adequate, so the rest of it can be thinned out.