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Alibre Atom3D

Alibre Atom3D

Thanks to the generosity of Alibre, Model Engineers' Workshop Magazine is able to offer every reader of Model Engineers' Workshop a free six-month licence to Alibre Atom3D. Alongside this great opportunity, starting with issue 274 of Model Engineers' Workshop we are running a detailed tutorial series in the magazine. This page will be the 'hub' for links to example files, tutorials and more so make sure you drop in regularly to keep up to date!

The MEW Boring Head

The MEW Boring Head

This free plan designed by Neil Wyatt first appeared in MEW 239, March 2016. It has been 3D modelled in Alibre Atom3D for us by Alibre.

Introducing the Arduino

Introducing the Arduino

This article by Chris Farnell first appeared in 'Maker World' magazine. Apologies for the radical header photo! Let's hope it's lead-free solder, eh?

A Lathe Milling Attachment

A Lathe Milling Attachment

This horizontal milling attachment by J. Neave is designed to overcome the shortcomings of running a milling arbour between centres. The design used two castings but these could be replaced by triangular blocks of suitable material.

Bill Morris' Differential Micrometer

Bill Morris' Differential Micrometer

This design by Bill Morris is an excellent test of your skill in working to tight tolerances.

Unimat Belt Drive

Unimat Belt Drive

John Olsen improves the drive arrangements of this well made benchtop lathe.

A Visit to Chesterfield MES

A Visit to Chesterfield MES

The editor went to visit a Model Engineers’ Workshop

A Filing Rest

A Filing Rest

This design for an adjustable lathe filing rest appeared in MEW 19, October-November 1993. It made the case that this design by Bob Fletcher allowed things like squares on turned work to be made more quickly and conveniently than by transferring the work to a a milling machine.

Change Wheel Spreadsheet

Change Wheel Spreadsheet

This page is for downloading the change wheel spreadsheet to accompany R. Finch's article in MEW 264.

L00 Spindle Nose Protector

In MEW 162, Darren Conway described a 3D printed nose protectors for lathes with an L00 spindle nose. This article includes a link to an STL file you can use to print your own.

Free Plan: A Metal Bender

Free Plan: A Metal Bender

If bending metal strip is a vice and hammer job in your workshop, then this metal bender designed by Terry Gould is worth considering. It was described in MEW 18, August/September 1993 which also contained the free plan reproduced here. See also the swivel base which was described in the same issue.

Wire Gauge to Imperial Sizes

Here is a very useful table of different wire gauge systems.

Jeff Thyer's Myford Gear Hobbing Attachment

Featured in MEW 258 and following issues, this ingenious attachment allows both ordinary spur gears and helical gears to be made on a Myford lathe.

Torsion Dynamometer

Download the Arduino Sketch for Silly Old Duffers's article on a Torsion Dynamometer in MEW 250 /255 using the link below.

FREE PLAN: A Drill Sharpening Jig

FREE PLAN: A Drill Sharpening Jig

Mr C M McEke (a member of Bristol SMEE) provided this novel design for a complete drill sharpening fixture, which was featured in a free plan given away with MEW 17, June/July 1993.

Free Plan for Subscribers to Accompany MEW 253

Free Plan for Subscribers to Accompany MEW 253

This useful and well-designed Tailstock Turret by Alex du Pre accompanied issue 253 of Model Engineers' Workshop. Subscribers Only

Improved Headstock Bearings for a Myford Super 7

Improved Headstock Bearings for a Myford Super 7

While many users are more than happy with the standard bearings fitted to Myford Super 7 lathes, some critics consider that roller bearings should have been fitted.

Digital Caliper Comparative Review

Digital Caliper Comparative Review

This review of different digital calipers was first published in MEW 248.

An Optical Finder

An Optical Finder

A useful article from the first issue of Model Engineer's Workshop by 'Bluey' - a pen-name of Stan Bray who was the first editor of MEW.

Joerg Hugel's Drill Performance Tables

Joerg Hugel's Drill Performance Tables

From this page you can download Jörg Hugel's spreadsheet investigating different drill grinding geometries, as well as a PDF document explaining how to use the spreadsheet.

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