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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!

Free Plan: A Filing Rest

Free Plan: 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.

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

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.

Two Free Apps for every MEW Reader

Two Free Apps for every MEW Reader

This page hosts two free workshop Apps available to MEW readers and accompanied by articles in MEW issue 246 the 2016 Autumn Special.

Corrected Dividing Tables for Vertex HV6 Dividing Head

Corrected Dividing Tables for Vertex HV6 Dividing Head

This is a corrected table giving correct figures for dividing with the vertex HV6 dividing head.

Minnie Traction Engine in 3D

Minnie Traction Engine in 3D

David Thomas was interested to see the online '3D models' for a belt drive modification to an X3 Mill. He thought that his detailed model of L.C. Mason's Minnie traction engine design might provide further interest.

Adding belt Drive to an X3 Mill

Adding belt Drive to an X3 Mill

In MEW 236 we featured an article by David Thomas on converting an X3 mill to belt drive. You can download the 3D PDFs here. Subscribers Only

Why Climb Mill

Why Climb Mill

In the past climb milling was seen as bad practice, leading to broken cutters and spoiled work, but the advent of CNC and minimal backlash machines has seen it become a preferred approached under these circumstances.

Model Engineers Workshop 25th Anniversary Photography Competition

Model Engineers Workshop 25th Anniversary Photography Competition

Take a photograph that sums up the spirit of home-workshop engineering. The subject can be anything that reflects what you achieve in your home workshop, from a home-made machine tool to the intense concentration on the face of someone carrying out a delicate machining operation. The challenge is to take a picture that captures the spirit of home workshop engineering, rather than just documenting a tool or a process.

Free Plan: A Fretsaw and Filing Machine

Free Plan: A Fretsaw and Filing Machine

Another design from Mt G. Gray. Following on from his lathe-mounted bandsaw this is a neat design for a filing machine that can also used with fretsaw blades. It first appeared in issue 12 of Model Engineers' Workshop, August/September 1992 - more details can be found by looking up this issue in the online archive*.

Don't Do This at Home - A T-slotted Slide for a Mini Lathe

Don't Do This at Home - A T-slotted Slide for a Mini Lathe

Please be warned, this article involves scenes of severe cruelty to a small lathe, and set-ups that are decidedly risky. The author produced the subject of the article many years ago and has since learned how lucky he was to get away with it... Right-click and 'view image' to see bigger pictures and plans.

Free Plan: Four Jaw Chuck

Free Plan: Four Jaw Chuck

This excellent design is by Bob Loader, who wrote many excellent articles on accessories for Unimat lathes for Model Engineers' Workshop. This chuck is designed to be made on the small lathe, so it has rather unconventional construction. The accompanying details are in issue 11 of Model Engineers' Workshop, June/July 1992, available in the online archive*.

The Metal Master (Impetus) Machine Tool

The Metal Master (Impetus) Machine Tool

Once in a while someone designs something really innovative which at first sight you would think it would take the world by storm. Sadly because of entrenched viewpoints, vested interest and maybe a lack of marketing skills such good ideas do not always achieve the recognition they deserve. The Metal Master (Impetus) machine tool by David Urwick is one such innovation. It is still not clear to us why this idea did not take off. The machine is ideal for the small home machinist workshop and would avoid the somewhat larger investment in cash and the space required for multiple machines to achieve the same manufacturing capability. This is a reduced version of an article published in Model Engineers' Workshop Issue 225, February 2015, and includes a download link (below) for the most complete documentation for the Metal Master.

Health and Safety in Engineering Workshops

Health and Safety in Engineering Workshops

The topic of 'health and safety' is not always the most popular with many hobby engineers who can view any advice on how to manage their workshops as an intrusion. Nonetheless, regular forum discussions reveal that, from time to time, there are some close calls and unpleasant accidents in our workshops. It harms no-one to make sound advice on workshop safety readily available, particularly to beginners who are in a position to learn the habits of safe working.

George Round's Home-Made Lathe

George Round's Home-Made Lathe

Over the years Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop have featured many home-built tools, not least several lathes. In 1959 Model Engineer ran a six part series on an impressive 3 1/2" centre height lathe built by George B. Round. Subscribers Only

Using the CZ Metal Bender

Using the CZ Metal Bender

The CZ Metal Bender is a small but versatile device for bending relatively narrow sheet metal parts. Its flexibility mostly arises from its ability to bend complex shapes and to produce both small radii and relatively sharp bends.

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