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Old 01-23-2010, 07:09 PM   #1
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I bought a cheap digital caliper and mounted it to my mill to use as a z axis readout.



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Old 01-23-2010, 07:11 PM   #2
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The good thing about this cheap caliper is that the jaws aren't hardened. I was able to drill mounting holes with no problem.



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Old 01-23-2010, 07:13 PM   #3
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Since the caliper is only 6" long I used a steel rod and some thumb screws to give it full range.

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Old 01-23-2010, 07:43 PM   #4
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Very cool. I need to order up a dozen or so of these digital calipers.

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Nicely done Charlie. Thanks for sharing. Did you cut the jaws shorter or are they still full length?

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Old 01-23-2010, 09:53 PM   #6
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I cut the tips of the jaws off where they join the flat part.

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Nice adaptation to put the display on the rod and thumb screw to extend the range. Very innovative.



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