Machine tools make much of what we see and use in the world around us, enabling a skilled machinist to create almost anything out of basic blocks of metal. With today’s relatively low prices and high precision, you can find small home shops turning out incredible work from lathes and milling machines hidden away in basements and garages. This tiny V12 engine is a perfect example. Made from stainless steel, aluminum and bronze and over 1200 hours of work, a craftsman in Spain designed the engine and then created, each of the 261 pieces himself. The engine runs on compressed air because it will be run in exhibits and educational demonstrations where real fuels might be problematic.
During the build he kept a video record of the work in progress giving us a detailed look behind the scenes, making the final minutes of the video showing the engine running seem even more remarkable.
There are now many small engine builders creating almost every shape and configuration of engine imaginable, but we seldom see so many of the steps along the way showing exactly how the engine was built. If you’re at all interested in engines, machining or mechanics, you’ll definitely enjoy this video. You’ll also enjoy the great choice of music that fits the spirit of the work. Makes you want to go shopping for a little lathe or milling machine, doesn’t it?