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Gauge Suggestion: Specialty or Custom

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I am looking to get input on a gauge to measure a feature and if one might exist out there already.

The current custom gauge we have doesn't work quite like we hoped for two main reasons. First it was built by one of our interns and the brass slide is sticky and second it suffers from part tipping, thus skewing the measure. The hope is to have a gauge that we can run along the edge of the part to see the thickness change.

Also, as a note is it not really possible to lay the whole part on a surface plate since it is injection modeled and some have an inherent twist to it.

Is there something already out there to suit my needs or should efforts be focused on improving the current custom gauge we have?

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It looks like you are measuring the edge thickness...is that correct?

If so, consider B.C. Ames gages (here).

I don't work for Ames, but I've used this type of gage with moderate success.
I was not able to pass GRR on it, but my tolerances were in the microns so I failed with any handheld thing.
We used it as a reality check in process...then measured with a fixed drop gage at end of line for "official".
If you wanted the desk fixture, they have stands for them as well.

As for tipping...that's what they make screws for...bolt it to the table.

The biggest challenge I would expect you to have is holding the part or gage crooked...so take 5-10 quick measurements and record the lowest one.
This type of gage totally needs the entire TM to be rated for accuracy, reproducibility and repeatability...it is so easy for a tilt to give bad data.

HTH
 
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