I bought a cheap digital caliper and mounted it to my mill to use as a z axis readout.
The good thing about this cheap caliper is that the jaws aren't hardened. I was able to drill mounting holes with no problem.
Since the caliper is only 6" long I used a steel rod and some thumb screws to give it full range.
Very cool. I need to order up a dozen or so of these digital calipers.
So many projects, so little time, not enough energy...
Nicely done Charlie. Thanks for sharing. Did you cut the jaws shorter or are they still full length?
I cut the tips of the jaws off where they join the flat part.
Nice adaptation to put the display on the rod and thumb screw to extend the range. Very innovative.