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A New Use fior Digital Verniers??

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Dave Powell 208/12/2015 17:17:48
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Has anybody taken apart one of the cheap digital verniers to convert it as a dro for a lathe or milling machine? I kind of strikes me that it would be quite a cool thing to do. I will be purchasing one at some point to see if it is possible but just wondering if somebody else has beaten me to it.

Howi08/12/2015 17:24:18
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Not much point really, as the igaging scales are cheap enough and designed for the job.

But, of course , if you want to have a go...............teeth 2

I have adapted a cheap digital caliper from maplins, to give a readout from my lathe tailstock, just a case of chopping bits off rather than adapting electronically though.

Edited By Howi on 08/12/2015 17:27:21

Brian Wood08/12/2015 17:26:47
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Hello Dave,

Sadly not a new idea, many others have thought the same. I have one on the tailstock ram on my Myford, there is a proper DRO system on the lathe itself.

Machine DRO sell stripped down versions without the calipers for just such applications.



Les Jones 108/12/2015 18:39:16
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I've used them for the Y axis and the quill on my X3 milling machine and the cross slide on my lathe. I did also have a cut down 4" digital caliper on the compound slide but I removed it as it sometimes got in the way.


mechman4808/12/2015 18:56:58
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I use a digital tyre gauge on my tailstock, cost me about £6 on the usual auction site, fitted magnets on the back, have taken the back stop of the slide & can get up to 37 mm readout also used it on the saddle when machining a specified shoulder length.


Dave Powell 208/12/2015 19:18:14
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Thanks for all the replies, gentlemen. I am definitely going to have a play with one but will also have a look at what is commercially available.

John Stevenson08/12/2015 20:28:12
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Take a look at this.


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