Dial Indicator Front.jpg
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Authors Devon Smith
Completed 2018
Made Yes
Replicated No
Cost USD 3.15
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  • A dial indicator is a tool used to measure linear displacements. It accomplishes so via the use of a plunger that's constricted to a measured linear movement. Simply, when the plunger is pushed into the body of the tool, the distance it is pushed in is "indicated" on the "dial" face of the tool. This is useful for any kind of precise measurement of thickness, depth, width, and can even be used to ensure a machining device or tool is accurately trammed.
  • https://www.youmagine.com/designs/dial-indicator
  • OSAT: https://www.appropedia.org/Open_Source_Appropriate_Technology

Bill of Materials[edit | edit source]

Part Quantity Source Comments
PLA ~87 grams Filament supplier of choice Color of choice
Dial Indicator Body 1 Youmagine Using PLA
Dial Indicator Top 1 Youmagine Using PLA
Spacer 2 Youmagine Using PLA
Dial Indicator Needle 1 Youmagine Using PLA
Gear 1-2 1 Youmagine Using PLA
Gear 3-4 1 Youmagine Using PLA
Gear 5-6 1 Youmagine Using PLA
Dial Indicator Plunger 1 Youmagine Using PLA
Gear 7 1 Youmagine Using PLA
6-32 Button Head Cap Screw 1 inch long 3
6-32 Button Head Cap Screw 1.25 inch long 1
6-32 Nylock Nut 4

Tools needed[edit | edit source]

  1. MOST Delta RepRap or similar RepRap 3-D printer
  2. Number 2 Phillip's Head Screw Driver
  3. 1/4 inch Open End Wrench


Skills and knowledge needed[edit | edit source]

  • 3D Printing Knowledge & Capabilities
  • Understand the needs & application for a dial indicator
  • Ability to assemble fasteners and critically aligned plastic components

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit | edit source]

  • Download and print the plastic components listed in the bill of materials
    • Recommended:
      • Material: PLA
      • Layer Height: 0.25 mm
      • Shell Thickness: 0.8 mm
      • Fill Density: 100%
      • Print Speed: 50 mm/s
      • Printing Temperature: 215 C
  • Clean burrs and excess plastic from parts that may be remaining from print
  • Align the corresponding components from the bill of materials to the pictures posted below while ensuring:
    • All holes align
    • All gears mesh together
  • Assemble Fasteners so that the head of the screws are on the face of the indicator
  • Lightly tighten fasteners so that gears spin freely with minimal slop
  • Assemble needle so that needle is spaced away from dial face
  • Once completed, use a protractor to mark the face of the indicator in whichever scale is desired

Common Problems and Solutions[edit | edit source]

  • If the gears don't align and interface properly, first ensure they are oriented with the proper gear in the proper location and proper orientation. Also ensure the layering of the gears is correct and in order. Another possibility is that the holes within the body and top components aren't lined up correctly.
  • If the plunger is difficult to move: The indicator works best when the dial is rotated to move the plunger to it's location rather than using the plunger to rotate the high gear ratio.

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Keywords 3d printing, dial indicator, gears, measurement, precision, plastic
SDG SDG09 Industry innovation and infrastructure
Authors Devon Smith
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Organizations MTU, Michigan_Tech's_Open_Sustainability_Technology_Lab, MY4777
Language English (en)
Related 0 subpages, 2 pages link here
Impact 774 page views
Created December 7, 2018 by Devon Smith
Modified January 29, 2024 by Felipe Schenone
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