Dial Indicator Project

Here is a start to finish (mostly) of a project from idea, to CAD, to print for mounting a dial indicator on to the extruder to help with leveling.

The CAD program is Alibre, which has a personal edition for about $200.  The learning curve isn’t too steep, and while Sketchup is easy and free, parametric solid modeling is ideal for a part like this one.

The dial indicator was $38 from Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006YD7G36/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00

And the magnets are these- http://www.amazon.com/Neodymium-Magnets-inch-Cylinder-N48/dp/B001KV9RAW

This didn’t end up being the final design.  I will cover that in Part 2.


5 thoughts on “Dial Indicator Project

  1. Nice one! So I’m totally addicted to this blog! Please keep the posts coming!
    I cannot wait for my Solidoodle to arrive! And this is helping to pass the time!

  2. Great video! If your printer is printing 10% too small in the XY, wont that mean the distance between the two holes will be wrong too? So simply drilling them wont be enough?

    If the scale is wrong, how to you go about fixing that? What can be done?

    Thanks for the cool blog Ian.

  3. Pingback: Dial Indicator Part 2 | Solidoodle Tips

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