Dr. Greg Latta's
Model Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Pages

Welcome to my model engineering and mechanical engineering pages! These pages will change as time goes on so I encourage you to stop back every so often. If you have any comments or requests, you can e-mail me at glatta@frostburg.edu

Several years ago, while recovering from a life threatening motor vehicle accident, I happened to purchase a 7" x 12" metal working lathe. I had always wanted a metal lathe, and I remember to this day seeing that lathe advertised in the paper as part of a truckload tool sale at our county fairgrounds. I found that I absolutely loved working with metal and with the lathe, even more than I had loved working with wood and electronics in the past. That was the beginning of a passion for metal working and model engineering that has been growing ever since.

Now, several years (and several thousand dollars) later I am the proud owner of my own machine shop, metal stockroom, metal working library, and a growing collection of items, all of which I have designed and/or built. The collection currently includes a variety of horizontal and vertical steam engines, an impulse steam turbine, a reaction steam turbine, a Sterling engine, model machine tools, a gyroscope, and a variety of machine tool accessories.

I have learned a tremendous amount in the last few years, and in the process I have ruined my share of tooling and parts, burned out a lathe motor and lathe controller board, and in general made virtually every mistake in the book possible.. (This is fine, since it is through mistakes that we learn.) I still of course make mistakes, (otherwise, I would not continue to learn!) but nowadays my mistakes tend to be the type cost me time, rather than money. This is a good thing, since I am not made out of money!

There are many fine pages on the web on metal working, model engineering, mechanical engineering, and machining, but as a college professor I figured it was time to take my 20 years of university teaching experience, nearly 40 years as a photographer, and own shop experiences and put my own twist on things. In these pages I hope to pass on what I have learned so that it may benefit others. Enjoy!

Hero Engine

Hero Reaction Turbine Engine

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Opinions expressed are those of the author or the quoted source. The author is not an employee of or agent for any of the vendors referenced in the text and does not sell or represent any of the products discussed. Vendors may provide products for review purposes and may provide sponsored support through advertising or links. No information provided herein represents professional advice or best practices. All information is provided to help the reader gain a better understanding of the tools and techniques described. Considerable care has been exercised to provide accurate and timely information. However the author cannot be responsible for information which is incorrect or out of date. Power tools and shop practices can be dangerous if used carelessly or improperly - always take proper safety precautions such as wearing protective eyewear and appropriate clothing. All practices, procedures, modifications and product recommendations described herein are to be used at the discretion and risk of the reader.

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