Snippets and pages about engineering – if you’re looking for the Workshop Calculator this page has the download.
Belt Drives – an overview of the different forms of belt drive along with some of the pro’s and con’s of each type.
Centre Drills – the profile of the drill and how this captures a small amount of oil that keeps a fixed centre lubricated. An extension for a centre drill to access difficult and restricted parts of an engine.
Fluid Dynamics – describing the flow of liquids and gases.
Lathe Tools – cutting angles required for different materials, a description of the different types of material used for lathe tools and some basic hints and tips on setting up the tool in the toolpost.
Metals – a page about all of the different types of metal, along with cutting tool parameters and examples of the use.
Noise & Vibration – Any unwanted acoustic response or vibration – can be related to tool chatter, motor noise, gear noise or noise from an engine exhaust.
Nuts & Bolts – A type of hardware fastener with a threaded hole & a cylindrical threaded fastener – together we have a nut & bolt
Oil & Lubrication – Liquid that reduces friction or wear, or both, between the moving parts within an engine; removes heat, particularly from the underside of pistons; and serves as a combustion gas sealant for the piston rings.
Plastics – lots of different plastics are used in model making and in model engineering. Notes and hints on cutting, turning and finishing along with types of glue that can be used.
Radiused Connecting Rods – there are a number of ways of machining the radius on the end of connecting rods, one way is to use the hole in the end as a pivot in the machine vice and make lots of flats.
Tapers – Jacobs for chuck arbors and Morse for machine to chuck arbors, centres etc.
Thermodynamics – deals with heat and temperature, and their relation to energy, work, radiation, and properties of bodies of matter – one of the fundamental fields of engineering and physics to understand as it forms the building blocks of understanding batteries to engines to stars.
Tool Manufacturers – as I buy tools I thought it would be nice to write something about the manufacturer, especially as some have ceased to trade.
Workholding – there are many different ways to hold a workpiece. Sometimes the fun of engineering is working out how to hold and machine a part. Sometimes you need inspiration.