James Nasmyth's steam hammer erected in his foundry near Manchester in 1832. Artist: James Nasmyth

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James Nasmyth's steam hammer erected in his foundry near Manchester in 1832. Artist: James Nasmyth Stock Photo
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James Nasmyth's steam hammer erected in his foundry near Manchester in 1832. Artist: James Nasmyth
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James Nasmyth's steam hammer erected in his foundry near Manchester in 1832. The steam hammer was invented by the Scottish engineer and inventor James Nasmyth (1808-1890). It took the human effort out of the process of forging wrought iron and steel to form engine and machine parts, as well as substantially reducing production costs.