Software – Model Engineers’ Utilities

Model Engineers’ Utilities is a free, easy-to-use Windows program that has a very useful suite of calculators for machinists and engineers. There is too much to list here, but it includes one of the best cutting speed and feed calculator I’ve seen.  It also includes thread cutting data, a spring designer, a unit converter, information for setting up tapers, a sine bar and gauge block calculator, sheet metal bending information and calculator, a gear cutting calculator, and much more. Both metric and English units are supported.

7 comments to Software – Model Engineers’ Utilities

  • Alan J Munday
    March 11, 2009 at 5:36 AM

    There is also an Apple OS X version of “model Engineer’s Utilities”. You download it from

    There are other FREE programs on this site.

  • Murray Tricker
    April 22, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    Cant seem to run the ME utilities on my five year old Win XP computer. It runs on my old Pentium 2 though. There are no colours showing in the resistor and capacitor functions and other graphics issues in the other utilities.
    Any clues? comments?

    • admin
      April 22, 2010 at 10:59 PM

      It looks like it uses Microsoft’s Visual Basic Run Time Package. I think it comes with XP, but I could be wrong or it might need to be reinstalled. You can download it (Visual Basic 6) from here:

      Please let us know if you figure it out, in case someone else has the same problem.

      — Rob

  • Murray Tricker
    April 25, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Thanks for the advice Rob. I dont think the full Visual Basic is in WinXP home ed. I downloaded the vbrun60sp6.exe file but it didn’t help. Is there somewhere I can post a screen clip of the resistor calculator for others to think about? My old Pentium 2 runs Win98 and has no problem dispalying the correct picture. I have also tried various display resolutions etc thinking that might be the problem. Regards and thanks.
    Murray Tricker

  • Rob
    April 26, 2010 at 1:13 PM


    Have you tried asking Alan, the program’s author, for advice? He may know the solution or be interested in helping you find a fix.

    You can post your picture in the forum if you want.


  • Murray Tricker
    April 28, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Hi Alan. I have loaded your utilities onto my two computers. My pentium2 with WIN98 runs the program OK but my four year old ACER with WIN XP home ed. has a few graphics problem. Can you help?

  • Plynlimon
    June 27, 2010 at 5:01 AM

    Hi all
    I am having problems with graphics too…I have just moved over to Windows 7 from XP… the Utilities software worked perfectly on XP but on Win 7 the background is black and I cant see half the text.
    I have downloaded the VB6 and tried different screen resolutions etc
    Any help would be appreciated

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