SMEE was formed in 1898 to allow model engineers to exchange experiences and ideas for their mutual benefit.
The Society has developed a number of courses to help both members and those new to the hobby to learn new skills, work safely and gain confidence with the use of their equipment.
WHY JOIN US?
The most important benefit of joining the Society of Model & Experimental Engineers is that it brings you into contact with people having similar interests.
Recent items from our members’ benches.
A replacement boiler for an Ajax 5"Gauge lociomotive in course of construction.
A "simple" EDM machine with manual control of the vertical axis. Members of the Digital Workshop Group are working on a wire EDM with more sophisticated controls.
Some Christmas tree decorations demonstrating different materials and finishes.
Piccolo is a small 3-axis device controlled by an Arduino board.
In its basic form it can be used as a remote drawing device but its construction and programming provide an introduction to some of the basic principles of CNC as well as being fun. The group which has been working with this have built up some useful hints and tips for would-be constructors.
The crankshaft and cam for a twin cylinder, high-speed steam engine turned from 1" bar.
A tachometer for fitting to a workshop lathe or milling machine. This is an example from a group a similar devices, each using a programmable integrated circuit, which were designed, built and programmed by members of the society.
Talk: Inventors and Pioneers: The Genius of the Parsons Family
By Henrietta Heald
Henrietta Heald is a historian and biographer with a special focus on engineering. She has been especially interested in the great Victorian inventor and industrialist William Armstrong of Cragside, and is the author of the book “William Armstrong, Magician of the North” published in 2010 to mark the bicentenary of Armstrong’s birth. In this talk she will focus on Charles Parsons, the inventor of the steam turbine, who has faded into even greater obscurity than his one-time mentor. Her presentation will cover the extraordinary inventiveness of the Parsons family as a whole, including his daughter Rachel Parsons and her mother, Katharine, who championed the cause of women engineers during the First World War and continued to fight for women’s employment rights when it was over.
The Kirkaldy Testing and Experimenting Works dates from Victorian times. It is in Southwark and preserves David Kirkaldy’s unique Universal Testing Machine – a huge hydraulic powered tensile testing machine – in full working order in the premises he built to house it. There is also a collection of other materials testing equipment. We will be able to play with their 1916 Charpy and 1925 Izod machines to our heart’s content, and they can set up extensometer trials on wire or strip using their Denison extensometer.
Detailed timing yet to be fixed but the visit will be in the morning and there are good pubs nearby for lunch.
Cost £10, maximum 20 people – contact Norman Billingham
Marshall House, 28, Wanless Road, London, SE24 0HW