The resource charts metal working from early mankind, such as this bronze arrowhead from 500-1000 BC.
The resource charts metal working from early mankind, such as this bronze arrowhead from 500-1000 BC.

Bodycote, one of the world’s largest thermal processing services providers, has launched an interactive website which details the history of history of metal processing and heat treatment.

Containing over 200 images and numerous videos, the website pays homage to the artisans from thousands of years ago along with the scientists and inventors of more modern metallurgy and engineering by charting important and fascinating discoveries.

Starting in 8700BC with the world’s oldest known copper artefacts, all the way through to the modern processes, the resource charts the development of metal working from the mystical and utilitarian requirements of early mankind through to the scientific and technical breakthroughs of the 20th century.

Bodycote says that it developed the interactive resource to explore the evolution of metallurgy and heat treating and to acknowledge the collective work of scientists and engineers.

The website can be found here.

This story uses material from Bodycote, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.