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single axis plunge probe build
« on: October 27, 2015, 02:39:12 PM »
RE: single axis plunge probe build

I would like to build a probe that is spring loaded (1.25 travel). Mach3 or 4 would be controlling. I would use it in conjunction with the x axis on my machine. I would like to position/load the sensor and run the length of my work with the probe rising and following with the profile. Need a resulting 2d profile extrapolated(for profile regrind)from the x axis movement combined with data from the plunge probe.

Any ideas on how I should proceed? what components I will need to build this? Has anyone done a similar project?
Is there a reasonably priced product on the market that could work (hardware or software)?

I would appreciate any help/thoughts on with this.


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Re: single axis plunge probe build
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2015, 03:48:06 PM »
I think we already covered this in your earlier post on the subject.

You can build a sensor with a linear encoder and use a Plugin or macro to drive the X axis while recording the encoder data . YOU then will have to deal with the point cloud conversion to what ever you wish. There are NO total package solutions that I am aware of.

BUT your application can and HAS been done before.

(;-) TP
« Last Edit: October 27, 2015, 04:02:45 PM by BR549 »