New Linear Gages are ready to go.

We’ve had these things in waiting for quite some time. I’ve designed them to be lighter, more accurate, less snaggy and a bit sleeker. They take the standard heads that I’ve made for the last 4 years and still move linearly so that you can put whatever kind of styli you want on them. The older ones used to snag due to the fact that there were two bearing being forced to cock over in certain circumstances.

A view of the working end of the gage

As things heat up in the world and the economy either booms or busts, hopefully we’ll be able sell some!

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New Rejent Bore Gage ready to ship

Well, for some time we’ve taken to building new Bore Gage for a customer. In an odd twist, I had very little to do with the mechanical design but was primarily focused on the electronics and software.

Basically what this device does is measure the bore of a hydraulic cylinder in a comparative way all the way down the bore. It uses a Mitutoyo encoder for the diametrical size and a US digital rotary encoder on the wheel to keep track of the distance down the bore. As the device measures, it keeps track of the position and the measurements therein and creates zones where an average, maximum, minimum and sample size is kept. It is then plotted out along the distance.

Anyways, I had some fun doing this project and I am looking forward to doing more.

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The Gages are complete and ready to ship

After a bit of work and worry, the gages are ready for shipment and are as nice as I could hope for.

I’m quite proud of these, they’re repeatable and feel damned good in the hands.

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The new gage!

Well, the prototype gage is here and it seems to work reasonably well. I’ve given it extra travel over the old ones and it seems to have really nice, smooth action.

Here are some pics

Now to make some styluses and start shipping these things around the world!

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An update on the ol’ measuring tool

The prototype gage and the gage ring. looking good so far.

The prototype gage and the gage ring. looking good so far.

Well, it’s coming along with some speed. I am now going to build the final version complete with internal battery charging, better logic and a severe reduction in mass. Hopefully this will go down well with the customer.

The display of the gage. the large 18650 batteries are housed in the right hand side. This will be rectified in later versions.

The display of the gage. the large 18650 batteries are housed in the right hand side. This will be rectified in later versions.

Anyways, this post was for posterity. As always I hope it turns out well. 🙂

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