the water frame

by: Cameron Forde

R. Arkwright

The water frame was a spinning machine powered water that produced a cotton warn suitable for warp. Patented by Richard Arkwright in 1769.

The water frame was made for...

It was the first powered, automatic, and continuous textile machine and enabled the move away from small home manufacturing towards factory production of textiles. The water frame was also the first machine that could spin cotton threads.

why was there a need for this invention.

cotton producers needed to keep up with the high demand for cotton, and this made it faster too produce it.

how did it work?

The spinning frame worked by running a thick piece of cotton string through three rollers. Each roller spun faster than the one before it and that made the cotton thinner as it passed through each roller. They were huge machines powered by water.

why was it important?

It enabled the production of electric power and it rapidly increased the production of finished cotton.


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