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IP Books at Work

Check out how our customers are using valuable information and instructions in IP Books and eBooks to make their projects happen. Click on these links to go their stories below:

Scale Model of Jet Engine


Designing and Creating a Jet Engine Model

Creating a scale model of the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 turbofan engine, used on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, involved a number of disciplines. I used two books from Industrial Press to learn some of the skills necessary: SolidWorks Basics: A Project Based Approach and CNC Programming Handbook, 3rd Edition. 

The core, cowl, and fan were drawn and sent away for 3D printing. The spinner and exhaust cone were CNC turned. And the base board was CNC milled for the solar panel and wiring channels. The end result is a sleek, solar-powered desk top whirligig. If you want to see it running, click here to view a YouTube video. — Clive Fouché 


Jack Pledger's story

Retirement = Doing (and Sharing) What You Love

I am originally from Summerville, a small rural community in the mountains of northwest Georgia. I enjoyed a 28-year career in the United States Air Force, where I served as a pilot, instructor pilot, commander, and systems program manager, retiring in the rank of colonel.

I then joined Northrop Grumman in 1996, following my Air Force career, where I served as Director of Business Development for Directed Infrared Countermeasures Systems and Program Manager for advanced IRCM systems development. I was responsible for the development of IR countermeasures systems for fast jet aircraft. I retired from Northrop Grumman after a 20-year career in the aerospace industry and opened a small shop where I can spend the rest of my days pursuing my lifelong passion of antique car restoration.

I have been restoring cars as a hobby for over 50 years and am now pursuing the continued development of craftsmanship and restoration skills in retirement. I established the Ancient Grease Garage in O’Fallon, IL, and hope to help young people interested in craftsmanship skills and automobile restoration.

I have studied under several expert metal shapers and am currently involved in an apprentice program where I am working to gain craftsmanship skills. I am making most of the tools I use in metal shaping and restoration projects. One of the most useful references that I have was obtained through the Industrial Press. I use Metalworking Doing It Better by Tom Lipton almost daily. I make dies for power hammers and used the process Tom described to make radius dies on a manual Bridgeport mill with excellent results. — Jack Pledger


Jim Ortman's Shop Project

A Neat Shop Project

I gathered material, parts, and pieces sitting around the shop waiting for their turn to be used in a project, along with two books from Industrial Press: Machinery's Handbook (I've got the Large Print and CD-ROM combo), and Machine Shop Trade Secrets. 

Welder, drill press, lathe, and mill were used to complete it. I used heavy wall steel tubing for the frame. 

Wheels were the most time consuming. The bearings and axles had to be lined up to circumference, and the radius on the anvil wheel had to be charted out like a ball turning. The upper wheel was cut out of 2" heavy plate with a torch, then turned and bored on the lathe. The anvil screw is from a car jack. I had to make a sleeve for that to fit in 2" tubing.

Such a neat project that took a couple months off and on to make. Looks and works great. I love it. — Jim Ortman


Brian Clayton's Design Work


Brian Clayton

 Radically Reducing Design Time

Using the skills covered in my book Autodesk® Revit Basics Training Manual, I was able to show a homeowner the finished master bedroom and bath expansion design.

My design time was reduced by 50%.  — Brian Clayton



Richard William

Building Projects to Promote STEM at School

I’m a retired electrician but volunteer at our schools to promote careers in technologies. I design and build school science projects in order to promote STEM subjects in schools. My designs and builds are being used at the university and in our technical academies.

Richard Williams 2I do everything for free but only ask to be reimbursed for the materials. For these projects, I use my favorite book on my favorite MCAD program: SolidWorks Basics: A Project Based Approach.

A company in Boston recently awarded me a lifetime achievement award of their Premium Program with FEA Simulation and a lifetime of updates. — Richard William


Makerspace Team Making Strides

We have 200 on the team here at Make Salt Lake (our slogan is "Utah's Premier Makerspace"). Some of the members in the shop got together today to thank you for the books we are using here from Industrial Press. These include the Jig and Fixture Design Manual,  Applied Mathematical and Physical Formulas, Engineers  Precision Data Pocket Reference, and, of course, the Machinery's Handbook— Tracy Gilmore (far left) & friends at Make Salt Lake

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