Another Dial Indicator Bracket

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Another Dial Indicator Bracket

Post by heathenx » Wed Sep 09, 2015 5:11 pm

Seemed like a good spot for a dial indicator bracket. So far so good.
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Re: Another Dial Indicator Bracket

Post by twforeman » Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:13 pm

Oh, I like that... Thanks for the idea.
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Re: Another Dial Indicator Bracket

Post by WillAdams » Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:23 pm

It would be nice if we could all standardize on a location and sizes/threads for these holes --- maybe then we could work up some synergy w/ mounting brackets &c.
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Re: Another Dial Indicator Bracket

Post by heathenx » Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:17 pm

Attached is some CAD data if anyone is interested (step and stl). I actually used a 3D printed version for a bit. It works just as well but cutting one out in 1/2" thick aluminum on the Shapeoko is sexier looking. Matches the mount anyway. Prototyped one out of wood too. Wooden one will work but you have to be mindful of the grain direction. The holes are for 1/4"-20 fasteners. Obviously, the center hole is the only one that needs to be tapped.
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Re: Another Dial Indicator Bracket

Post by Hans » Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:45 pm

Good idea, nice execution. Has a stock look to it. I might go for a brass- or plastic-tipped set screw to avoid marring the indicator shaft.
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Re: Another Dial Indicator Bracket

Post by twforeman » Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:43 pm

Thanks for the files. I was thinking about CADing one up to 3D print. Now I don't have to. :)
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Re: Another Dial Indicator Bracket

Post by sraney » Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:46 pm

Silly question, do mill with that on? Or remove it?
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Re: Another Dial Indicator Bracket

Post by twforeman » Thu Sep 10, 2015 8:06 pm

sraney wrote:Silly question, do mill with that on? Or remove it?
You should be able to leave the bracket on while you mill. If you put it on the front like the photo shows.

I would not leave the indicator attached though.
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Re: Another Dial Indicator Bracket

Post by Hans » Thu Sep 10, 2015 8:19 pm

You could make a swivel version, so it always stays on the machine. Ball detent maybe. Repeatable enough in Z.
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Re: Another Dial Indicator Bracket

Post by heathenx » Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:03 pm

No, I do not mill with the dial indicator installed.
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