History of Technology on Lab Furniture
Since the early 1800’s, the development of laboratory furniture has improved leaps and bounds thanks to new advances in technology and methods of construction. At the time where scientific curiosity and experimentation began, there were scarce to no signs of laboratory furniture production. Experimental tools were created by each individual scientist for his own work. By the end of this century, science instruments began being produced on a small scale, and scientist turned their reliance to this market, instead of their own developments. Most of the tools were made of wood, and some were made of metal.
At the turn of 17th century, the industrial revolution came upon us full steam ahead. Technologies of all kinds were developing, including laboratory equipment. This is where we see the first laboratory worktops being developed, all of which were made of wood. By the end of the 20th century, stainless steel lab furniture began to make its debut during the Vietnam War. Steel tables and worktops quickly overruled those made of wood, because wooden furniture was easily damaged and would rot, due to the climate.
Presently, these tools are incomparable to the earliest versions, and with the progress made in only a couple centuries, it is unfathomable where we will be in the future. Advances in technology and materials have taken laboratory furniture to a whole new level of safety, strength, appearance, productivity, and durability which has then furthered the advancement of those discoveries made within the lab.