Carbide or Tungsten Carbide

June 25, 2016 Nigel 1

Nowadays tools are often referred to as being made from “carbide” – what they actually mean is Tungsten Carbide. The reason for using Tungsten Carbide is it has some great properties: melting point 2,785–2,830°C hardness of [more…]

Gear Cutting with the Hobbymat MD65

June 11, 2016 Nigel 0

Have just been cutting some gears (gears design) and thought it worth taking some photographs and writing up some comments on how to convert the Hobbymat MD65 so that you can cut straight spur gears. [more…]

Hobbymat MD65 Lathe

June 11, 2016 Nigel 13

The Hobbymat MD65 lathe was made by VEB Prazisionsdrehmaschinen in the 1980’s and distinguished by the bright colour paint and the D-section bed. I′ve owned this lathe from new, bought around 1982. Review Specification: Centre [more…]

Case Hardening Compound

June 7, 2016 Nigel 1

Just bought some case hardening compound from EKP Supplies. I want it for a cylinder that I have machined and would like to try and harden the inner surface. I bought 250g for around £14.00 [more…]