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Thread: Thread to discuss Solid Edge 2D and 3D
14/05/2020 22:56:27

I did just see that Barrie Lever started this thread as promised. So I jump in, full force.
Also, because I'm stuck quite hard atm.

Perhaps a word about me and my CAD 'experience' if I can call that like this. I never used any program professionally, but learned/used/dabbled in Autocad, TurboCad, GraphicsWork, TrueCad, ChoiceCad, AllyCad... and maybe some I have forgotten. I was one of the first 100000 users getting Xcad for free, which then later became Alibre. In none of these programs I got over more than a couple of simple drawings. Now, since some years, I'm using Onshaape and love it. So why trying to learn another program? Maybe just curiosity, and maybe because some things are integrated which in Onshape need paid extensions.

Jump forward to Solid edge now.
After I downloaded Solid Edge, nothing worked, as I had written before, but in this I was not alone. After a couple of days this problem was solved, and I started checking the tutorial videos. First disappointment was, that I found nothing about how to set up the program, as it has gazillions of 'levels' as it seems. It is very difficult to find a line in these videos. I had also a look into waht is available on Youtube, and there is some interesting stuff. But it is not easy to follow which actions someone executes on a video.

And this leads me also to the first problem. Almost in every video I see the Toolbar looks different, and these toolbars look Very different from that on my screen. To clarify, what I call Toolbar is the array on top of the screen, where the drawing tools are arranged.

Tutorial 1:videotutorial.jpg

Tutorial 2:anothertutorial.jpg

My Toolbar:mytools.jpg

And the clean Onshape-Toolbar:onshape_toolbar.jpg

So, what's the matter here?

Problem #2 maybe tomorrow

Kind regards,

Thread: Siemens does not like me...!
13/05/2020 12:45:39

As starter of this thread, I'm glad to report that Siemens again likes me... smiley

But after my first very modest trial, I already am in difficulties. As this thread has gone wildly off-topic (the inch conundrum), I'm asking if it would be appropriate to discuss these problems here (esp. with Mr. Lever, who it seems has good knowledge), or if it would be better to start a dedicated Solid Edge thread? (hopefully staying on-topic).

Opinions welcome!


09/05/2020 17:16:56

So I wanted also to see what all this noise about Solid edge is. Download Thursday night, went to sleep and installed on Friday. No hiccup, all ok. Then I clicked on one of the offered instruction files, and learned something about the different setups. But I had much trouble reading all, it's is in a very small and fuzzy font, and light blue on white is poison for my eyes. So when I stopped I was shown a box asking if this was helpful. I clicked 'no' and had the opportunity to write a remark. So I did, mentioning the two points above.

Returning today for another try, and nothing works. All the instruction boxes on the start screen are inaccessible...

Maybe that's the end with Solid Edge for me.


Thread: Things bought from ebay
04/05/2020 16:01:53

And maybe it's important to remember that the sign of these packages is the sign of the Red Cross, not the flag of Switzerland. So they must be sharp, the ambulance is coming in a hurry if you cut your finger!cheeky

Regaeds, Hans

Edited By Versaboss on 04/05/2020 16:02:38

Thread: Drilling carbon fibre
14/04/2020 12:42:36

I used to drill larger holes (10 -12 mm) in CF plates with Diamond core drills.Quite sure I got them from ARC in England.

So for smaller holes I think I would also use the small diamond burrs, e. g. from Eternal Tools:



Thread: Old model engineer magazines
11/03/2020 13:35:23

More of the same problem here...

I have a complete set of M.E. from 1924 (because I wanted 'all from L.S.B.C' to 2013. Sorry having to say, they will all end in the recycling bin, rather sooner than later. But if someone wants a couple and agrees to pay the horrendous postage, then ask...

Kind regards,

Thread: brazilian lathe restoration
07/03/2020 23:17:09
Posted by celso ari schlichting on 07/03/2020 20:37:30:
Posted by Brian H on 07/03/2020 08:07:11:

You are making an excellent job of what looks like a nice lathe. The only reference to the make that I could find was this;



tha plate STB means Sociedade Tecnica Bremensis. A company that imported lathes from Europe to Brazil and closed its doors in 1945. It is a very rare machine.
sorry my english is not very good, here we speak portuguese
greetings from Brazil
Celso Ari

Hello Celso (and Brian),

sorry but that is completely wrong. Your lathe is not the STB from Brian's link, and in his case STB means 'Fabrique d'Horlogerie de Saint Blaise S.A, Saint-Blaise (Suisse).

I own a filing machine from STB, the sign in the casting is exactly the same, but the number is '20'.
If necessary I can make a picture to prove.

More so, maybe your lathe is a Bremensis (never heard that, but what do I know...). I now have to watch the video, somewhere Brian must have found the letters? So possibly there is a firm using the same abbreviation.

Kind regards

P.S. Ok, I have seen it. So  what remains now is that Brian's STB is not your STB. My apology...


Edited By Versaboss on 07/03/2020 23:20:38

Thread: Drilling small holes in hardend steel
17/02/2020 22:23:54

It's nice to see that Mr. C.T-T finally also has learned how to quote correctly. For such an old git like me it is really cumbersome to find out who has written what. I sincerely hope that from now on, as you wrote, you will move on.

Kind regards,

Thread: Where to acquire a small amount of bromine
06/02/2020 17:28:17

Used to make it myself when I was 13 years old (read: looong ago...). Cant remember the method, but most probably the one using KBr, MnO2 and sulphuric acid. See Wikipedia.

Kind regards,

(still around, no self poisoning...)

Thread: Stuck Chuck
07/01/2020 15:57:35

Two pages discussions about removing a stubborn screw? The OP didn't show his kitchen vise, but if it is anything usable I would:
- remove two jaws
- clamp the remaining two (180° naturally) in the vice
- file two flats on the protruding part of the screw (don't think these adaptors on a Sherline are hardened)
- use a wrench, mole-grip or what-have-you and apply torque! (in the correct direction...)

I don't think the financial loss would bring someone to tears.

Kind regards

Thread: Any users of the 'ModelEngineersUtilities here?
03/12/2019 22:10:12


Just to show what's going wrong: here a picture of the limits and fits button. 

Oh the troubles, when the .jpg is too big, nothing happens. 

Kind regards,

Edited By Versaboss on 03/12/2019 22:18:55

Edited By Versaboss on 03/12/2019 22:20:30

Thread: Reamer size questions
03/12/2019 14:38:59

I can only repeat the numbers given by Steve above, 6.33 mm for a drive fit for a 6.35 (1/4" ) shaft.

Kind regards,

Edited By Versaboss on 03/12/2019 14:39:47

Thread: Any users of the 'ModelEngineersUtilities here?
03/12/2019 14:14:56

After several tries with the hints given here (installing as administrator* and unpacking into an 'ordinary' data file) I have, on Windows 10, still the same results as described by Thor above.

But, doing the same on my W. 8.1 laptop resulted in a correctly running program! All black on white background, fully usable!

Still wondering what's going on here. As it was running correctly for many years, I suspect 'something' was updated some time back.
Altogether again an example of the help one can get here; thanks to all!

(*) On W10 I had first to find out how to install myself as administrator, but the laptop has 'execute as administrator' in the context menu!

Kind regards

02/12/2019 13:33:54

I have this small program on my computer (W.10) since umpteen years. It shows as version 1.8.0, seems this is the latest version. When I wanted to use it now, I had to discover that it stopped to work correctly. Some of the buttons display now a black background, and the 'captions' are invisible, and 'calculate' does nothing.
The link given in the program ( is invalid, but a bit of searching found a download site in


I tried to load it from there on my Laptop (W. 8.1), but there I could not even unzip the file...
So I would like to know if there are other users of that really useful piece of software (when it works!), and if they have the same or better experience.

Kind regards,

Thread: Reamer size questions
02/12/2019 13:04:44

Dear Mr. Evripiotis,
well I will do my best. First, to my big grief I had to discover that the M.E. utilities stopped to work correctly. Some of the buttons are ok, but the 'Limits and Fits' are now unusable. It is the latest version, and is on my computer (W.10) since umpteen years. I tried to load them on my Laptop (W. 8.1), but I could not unzip the file... Some of the buttons show now a black background, and the 'captions' are invisible, and 'calculate' does nothing.
It would be worth an own thread, why a program suddenly can stop working correctly.

Now to the reamer problem.
One address I know is the Brütsch, Rüegger toolshop:


The other is the manufacturer Re-Al:


Hope I could help you a bit.

Kind regards,

01/12/2019 13:09:04

Seeing just now that my link above does not work. But the utility can be found here:

Kind regards,

01/12/2019 13:03:03

As far as my knowledge goes, a H7 reamer has a positive tolerance from the nominal value. So you would hardly get a 'tight fit' (whatever that is) with such a reamer. I don't understand why you don't jump on the metric reamers in 1/100 mm steps. I could name easily 2 or 3 shops in Switzerland which send tools anywhere in the world.

About fits in general, there is a nice utility called ModelEngineer's utilities ( Enter your values and see what you need.

Kind regards.

Thread: which lathe?
27/11/2019 22:07:22
Posted by jamie creighton 1 on 27/11/2019 19:11:34:

could you guys advise on what lathe to go for that will turn to tight tolorences.

Turning to tight tolerances lies in the hands from the one at the handles, more than a problem of the lathe itself. Anyway, buying a lathe for repairing or rebuild a turntable bearing is a very expensive proposition!

I built several turntable bearings myself, although not with such complicated housings (which would be very difficult to making on a lathe). But I can say that I used Delrin (and Torlon, if you can find and pay that stuff!) with very good success.

Kind regards,

Thread: How was this recording done?
04/11/2019 15:44:32

Many thanks Pete and Jason, I did not pay attention to this. To my excuse: it is almost unreadable on my display.

I will check out this program and hope I can use it also.

Kind regards,

03/11/2019 23:47:30

On 3/11/2019 08:24:34, in thread "Learning CAD with Alibre Atom3D", JasonB inserted an interesting video. We see what I think is the Alibre window on his computer, and the actions he performed are shown with a large mouse pointer in a yellow circle. I suppose that is not the standard Alibre pointer (or is it? ).

I hope that inserting that video here works, if not - sorry. 
Ok, I see the link, but I hoped for more...



What I would like to know is how such a video is done. A couple of days ago I learned that something like that van be done with the well-known media player VLC. Unfortunately when I tried that the mouse pointer was not visible in the video, and so it is not suitable for demonstrating something to a viewer.

So, Mr. JasonB, can you tell me how did you produced that video?

Kind regards,

Edited By Versaboss on 03/11/2019 23:49:59

Edited By Versaboss on 03/11/2019 23:51:04

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