View Full Version : software for machinists?

12-06-2003, 06:12 PM
greets all..
anyone know of / use software for lathe and/or mill work? it would be handy to have a little program full of speeds/feeds, drill charts, etc.

there seem to be a few out there, but most are aimed towards CAM & CNC work.

free/cheap would be great.


12-06-2003, 06:57 PM
try this.


good luck.

12-07-2003, 12:47 AM
Or also this.


12-07-2003, 05:32 PM
Or contact me via email if you have a good suggestion for a program that isn't
already on the page.

Regards, Marv

Home Shop Freeware - Tools for People Who Build Things

12-07-2003, 06:22 PM
Marvs stuff is GREAT!

Thanks again Marv


12-07-2003, 06:39 PM
I use a program called Machinist ToolBox at work. I carry a Palm Pilot during the day and this program works well for me. I use it for a starting point when choosing feeds and speeds. I also use it for bolt hols patterns and cusp distance, etc. I just bought a full copy. I had been reloading it for about 6 months to make sure that I realy needed it. Might be just what your looking for. rr

[This message has been edited by rockrat (edited 12-07-2003).]

12-08-2003, 05:22 PM
i've tried the geocities links but i get an
error telling me the page(s) is unavailable.

i like machinists toolbox. does the full version have more materials in its library?

i'd like to try a few different ones before buying anything, however. some (one?) didnt have metric conversion.


12-09-2003, 04:27 AM
wow, quite a list of software!
good job marv!

got through to the site last night.

12-09-2003, 01:46 PM

Thanks for the compliments (blush).

Since I don't charge for any of the programs on my site, I don't really want
to pay for hosting services. Yahoo, which absorbed Geocities, limits the
access to my page. If too many people try to access it in a short period,
they 'turn it off', which is almost certainly what happened to you earlier.
When that happens, returning to the site in a few hours or the next day will
generally get you through, as you discovered.

The site is a hobby for me - one of the few ways I can provide some
payback for the many people who have selflessly helped me over the years.

Regards, Marv

Home Shop Freeware - Tools for People Who Build Things

12-09-2003, 01:55 PM

How about making your excellent collection available as a single zipped package that contains all the programs in one category? It would make for easier downloading and reduce the time people spend at the site.

John Stevenson
12-09-2003, 04:59 PM
I use a cheap little program called Machinist Mate, has speeds and feeds, sine bar, tapers, bolt circles, bend allowance for sheet metal, threading charts and triangles etc.
A couple of nice touches are machiningg dovetails and one that writes the G Code for sprockets.
This is very accurate and a while ago I did a web search to find something like this and this program was the only thing that came up.

Web site is http://www.wadeproco.com I paid for the full version, I think it was $20 odd.

John S.

12-09-2003, 05:48 PM

I've thought of that and dismissed the idea because I can't imagine anyone
wanting *all* the programs in a given category. The idea was to provide a
permanent repository where people could go to get the exact program they need
for a particular job without having to download a bunch of irrelevant material
they don't need and which will just clutter their hard disk.

Regards, Marv

Home Shop Freeware - Tools for People Who Build Things

12-10-2003, 04:30 AM
Clutter their hard disk? Have you seen what a pig winblows 98, 2000 or xp is? It already is cluttered with bloated crap - your programms are not going to even touch that stuff!

You do yourself discredit - everyone should download them. Good stuff.