What is Meccano ?

The Meccano System

Meccano was invented by Frank Hornby in 1901. It is a system of metal construction where standardised, preformed, re-usable perforated parts can be attached to each other. Structures and mechanisms can be built. The basic tools are a screwdriver and spanner. No special workshop machinery is required.

The Meccano System consists of a wide selection of strips, girders, wheels, rods, brackets, pulleys, sprockets and gears, electrical parts, motors, and a large range of specialised parts.

The standard hole spacing is " or 12.7 mm. The standard thread is 5/32" Whitworth, 32 TPI. The diameter of axle rods is 8 SWG or 0.160" or 4.04 mm. Gears are 38 DP i.e. 38 teeth per 1" diameter.

The name "Meccano" was registered by Frank Hornby on 14th September 1907 at the Design Registry of the UK Patent Office. The registered name is now owned by Meccano SA, Avenue de Saint Exupery, 62100 Calais, France.

The name Meccano has become a household word. The majority of common mechanisms and structures can be constructed, often with a very high degree of precision. Meccano clubs exist in many parts of the world which hold regular Meccano exhibitions.

Meccano can also be used in schools and universities to demonstrated mechanical and engineering principles.

It has an important place in industry where it can be used to advantage to build prototypes as it allows the rapid development and realisation of ideas. It also has a place in the laboratory.


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