Toolpost Dial Indicator Part 1: Modeling the Indicator

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Today I’m starting on a new project to build a dial indicator holder for my lathe toolpost. The plan is to 3D model and CNC mill a holder for a pair of indicators, but in order to design it, I’ll need an accurate 3D model of the indicator I plan to use.

Today, I’ll show how to use a surface plate, height gage, calipers and other tools to accurately measure and model a 3D object so it can be included in a CAD design.

If you’re following along at home or doing something similar, here are links to the tools used in this video:

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