optical calipers

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by nonsqtr, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Is there a device like a caliper that works externally (optically) to measure small distances? I need something with an LED or a laser beam that I can shine into a piece of machinery and measure a small interval, let's say a range of 100 microns to 1 cm. Is there any such device?
  2. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    Try this website:


    Maybe way more high-tech than you were looking for, but it might get you going in the right direction.
  3. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    I got an optical laser tapemeasure from Home
    Depot last fall and found it to be useless.
    The accuracy was only to 1"
    Uggghhh! Returned that pronto, was only good for
    job estimation.

    I don't think there is much to find here but
    keep in mind that if the hole is straight, most
    mechanical calipers have a center slide
    specifically designed for inside measurement.

    I have both dial calipers and regular calipers
    with this feature, I also have a caliper I got
    from my Dad specifically for inside hole
    measurement, that I almost never use.

    Just a suggestion. Some of the cheaper
    models don't have the slide, but it is quite
    useful on the models I have.