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Member postings for Nick James

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Thread: Lathe Erratic Surface Finish
03/05/2020 08:54:09

I had a bit of tube "ringing " . Deafening it was. Stuffed it full of rag., end of problem. Nice finish too.

Thread: Alibre Atom 3D pdf manual free to MEW readers
24/05/2019 20:41:46

Hi All,

Very many thanks for your responses and kind help. Thanks to Steambuff for the solution. I just renamed the file by adding ".pdf" to it and it now opens with Foxit Reader. I'm running Win 7.

Just to correct an error the price on Mintronics website is £11.99. I accessed their website ( Click on Home page / Alibre Atom 3D / Overview / Scroll down untill you find Alibre Atom3D tutorials (Digital download) . As you go thro the purchase process you get the chance to enter your discount code which you may have received by email. This makes it free of charge, and then complete the purchase process.

This tutorial is the reprint of the the articles in MEW but the images are larger and adjacent to the relevent text. It is not the one which features a universal joint on a base plate.

Really appreciate your help. Best regards. Nick

24/05/2019 10:41:36


I just downloaded the free to MEW readers pdf manual, the one that normaly costs £11.50. It is in my Dowmloads folder under the name of ATOM but there is no pdf file extension and my Foxit reader does not recognise it never mind opening it. If I click on the open box, by default it tries to open it with Windows media player but nothing happens. Can any one offer me any help on this please?

Thread: Learning CAD with Alibre Atom3D
29/01/2019 17:47:11


I now have a PDF 2D file saved on my desktop, then sent and viewed on my phone. Brilliant

In Alibre I selected Print then select Foxit Reader PDF Printer instead of my usual printer, and then choose where to save it.

Thanks everybody for your help.

Best regards


29/01/2019 14:47:02

Hi Neil,

Sometime ago I had reason to email a drawing to someone who did not have the software to open it (QCAD in this case).

I was able to save the file as a PDF which almost any one can open. I tried using PDF publish on Alibre anf it worked ok with a 3D drawing but will not work with a 2D drawing. I have latest update of Foxit reader installed but have removed any Adobe software as it seems to cause trouble. I get the message "No PDF writer was detected. Please retry after installing one". If I look at Alibre System Options - Drawing - PDF. it shows Active PDF Writer as being "Foxit reader PDF Printer Driver" only. Any help would be appreciated.

I'd like to add that that I am very impressed with Alibre atom3D so far. A bit of a steep learning curve to start with but perseverence is paying off. The software seems pretty bullet proof as I just click on things to see what happens and not once has it crashed just helpful messages.Many thanks to Robert for his excellent articles.and everyone else who has made Alibre available.



29/01/2019 12:46:34

Hello, sorry I'm a bit of a newbie as far as forums are concerned, but I'm having a problem with Alibre Atom3. I have the 6

month licence in conjunction with MEW. Can I go ahead and just ask please?. It's just that I feel I'm breaking into other peoples conversation.


Thread: A gadgets and small builds issue
02/12/2015 12:31:00

The only projects I ever manage to finish are of the short sharp variety. Good idea.

Thread: New Free Plan - Jeclanide Handwheel
10/10/2015 08:55:09
I have a battery drill which seems to have a similar action. Motor drives chuck in either direction. Switch off and it is impossible to rotate chuck by hand. Interesting mechanism but won't dismantle drill.
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