Digital Angle Marker for Pipe

3D-Printed Holder for a Digital Angle Guide for Marking Pipe

3D-Printed Holder for a Digital Angle Guide for Marking Pipe

Below is a Photo of the Final ‘Magnetic’ Pipe Mount Version …

Final Version with a Steel Plate to Allow Magnetic Mounting

Final Version with a Steel Plate to Allow Magnetic Mounting

For over 25 years I have used the ‘Bubble’ Type Angle Pipe Markers …

CURV-O-MARK Angle Pipe Punch

CURV-O-MARK Angle Pipe Punch

They work great; however, I wanted to be able to use a more accurate marker.

View of How the CURV-O-MARK fits on a Pipe

View of How the CURV-O-MARK fits on a Pipe

About a year ago I purchased an AccuRemote ‘Digital’ Angle Gauge …

AccuRemote Digital Electronic Magnetic Angle Gage Level / Protractor / Bevel Gauge

AccuRemote Digital Electronic Magnetic Angle Level

Found it to be very accurate and decided to find a way to use it on pipe …

SolidWorks CAD Screen-Captured Image of the 3D-Printed Holder

SolidWorks CAD Screen-Captured Image of the 3D-Printed Holder

Had a project in the shop whereby I needed to mark some holes along a pipe and decided to design a ‘Pipe Holder’ concept in SolidWorks CAD Software …

2nd Version of 3D-Printed a Holder with Tie-Down Areas for Flexible Velcro

2nd Version of 3D-Printed a Holder with Tie-Down Areas for Flexible Velcro

Later added Strap Tie-Down areas for Flexible Velcro to hold it onto the pipe.

The 3D-Printing .STL files can be found on GrabCAD.com at:
Files to Print the Digital Angle Gauge Pipe Mount

SolidWorks CAD Software Concept of the Punch and Holder

SolidWorks CAD Software Concept of the Punch and Holder

Made a punch guide attachment for the holder …

SolidWorks CAD Software Concept of a Sharpie Pen in the Holder

SolidWorks CAD Software Concept of a Sharpie Pen in the Holder

Also made a slide attachment to hold a Sharpie Marking Pen …

SolidWorks Rendering of the Punch on a Pipe

SolidWorks Rendering of the Punch on a Pipe

Sometimes I don’t want to make punch marks in the pipe, so I will use the Sharpie Marker to create small very accurate dot markings …

SolidWorks Rendering of a Sharpie Pen on a Pipe

SolidWorks Rendering of a Sharpie Pen on a Pipe

Once the design was finished, I 3D-Printed the holder & attachments …

Digital Angle Unit Holder Shown in AFINIA 3D-Printing Software

Digital Angle Unit Holder Shown in AFINIA 3D-Printing Software

I made the fit-ups very tight to keep the punch slide motion accurate …

Parts for the 'Digital' Angle Marker for Use on Pipe

Parts for the ‘Digital’ Angle Marker for Use on Pipe

Screwed on a tension place to keep the AccuRemote tight in the holder …

Testing the AccuRemote Digital Angle Gauge in the 3D-Printed Holder

Testing the AccuRemote Digital Angle Gauge in the 3D-Printed Holder

After a few very tight up & down slides it smoothed out to slide quite easy …

Testing the Metal Punch Fit-Up in the 3D-Printed Holder

Testing the Metal Punch Fit-Up in the 3D-Printed Holder

Once the punch fit-up was done I started on the Sharpie Marker fit-up …

Another View of the Punch Setup on the 3D-Printed Holder

Another View of the Punch Setup on the 3D-Printed Holder

I had to 3D-print two trials to get the correct Sharpie Pen slide Fit-Up …

Testing the Fit-Up of a Sharpie Marking Pen in the 3D-Printed Holder

Testing the Fit-Up of a Sharpie Marking Pen in the 3D-Printed Holder

Next step was to test the ‘AccuRemote’ Holder on a Pipe …

Aligning a Zero Angle on a Pipe

Aligning a Zero Angle on a Pipe

It worked great … I was able to set a Zero-Angle and press a dot on the pipe …

Pressing down the Sharpie Pen to Mark a Small Dot on the Pipe

Pressing down the Sharpie Pen to Mark a Small Dot on the Pipe

Below is image showing how small & accurate a dot can be placed on a pipe …

View Showing the Very Small and Accurate Dot on the Pipe

View Showing the Very Small and Accurate Dot on the Pipe

The ‘AccuRemote’ Digital Level Unit can easily be pulled out while holding the rest of the marking unit steady and a punch can be tapped with a hammer …

View Showing How a Punch Mark can be Made on the Top of the Pipe

View Showing How a Punch Mark can be Made on the Top of the Pipe

This unit worked great for what I needed in the Workshop ~ Success!! *grin*

Designed a New Version with a Steel Plate Press-in for use with Magnets

Designed a New Version with a Steel Plate Press-in for use with Magnets

I am going to print an additional ‘Future Version’ out of a different color of filament that will have tie-down areas on it; then, I can use it in the field with flexible Velcro so it won’t fall off the pipe into the dirt.

Used Mending Plates You Can Buy at Home Depot for Steel Push in Plate

Used Mending Plates You Can Buy at Home Depot for Steel Push in Plate

Final Version has a Steel Plate added to allow for Magnetic Mounting …

Final Pipe Mount with Steel Plate for Magnetic Mounting of AccuRemote

Final Pipe Mount with Steel Plate for Magnetic Mounting of AccuRemote

Updated the .STL files on GrabCAD.com with the Final Version …

All Steel Version of the Digital Angle Level Mount

All Steel Version of the Digital Angle Level Mount

The AccuRemote Digital Angle Gauge has bottom magnetic mounts, so I also designed a metal version using a piece of 2.5″ Angle Steel & 2″ Flat-bar Steel, which I will post photographs of when I have finished making it.

… CHEERS!!

UPDATE ~ More Photos!!  😜

3D-Printed the Updated Version using Black PLA Filament

3D-Printed the Updated Version using Black PLA Filament

Received some Black PLA 3D-Printed Filament from AFINIA 3D today …

Updated Version Finished 3D-Printing on AFINIA 3D-Printer

Updated Version Finished 3D-Printing on AFINIA 3D-Printer

3D-Printed an Updated Version of the Digital Level Holder with Tie-Down Straps areas to attach Flexible Velcro to hold the Unit to a pipe …

New Version with Tie-Down areas for Flexible Velcro Straps

New Version with Tie-Down areas for Flexible Velcro Straps

Also added Tie-Down Strap Locations on the top of the mount …

Digital Level Fits Well in the Updated 3D-Printed Version

Digital Level Fits Well in the Updated 3D-Printed Version

The AccuRemote Digital Level fits tight enough that I can turn it upside-down, so I may not need the flexible Velcro to hold the Digital Level in place.

The Fit-up is Tight Enough to Hold the Unit Upside-Down

The Fit-up is Tight Enough to Hold the Unit Upside-Down

Took the parts out to my welding table for a quick test on a piece of pipe …

Testing the New Parts on My Welding Table

Testing the New Parts on My Welding Table

Founds some 3/4″ wide Velcro, but think I will buy some 1″ wide Velcro …

Flexible Velcro Straps hold the 3D-Printed Holder to the Pipe

Flexible Velcro Straps hold the 3D-Printed Holder to the Pipe

Below are a few example photos showing the Unit on a short piece of pipe …

Testing the Punch on a Short Piece of Pipe

Testing the Punch on a Short Piece of Pipe

I didn’t bother with the Velcro for now … I know it will work …

Testing the Sharpie Marker on the Updated Holder Version

Testing the Sharpie Marker on the Updated Holder Version

The Digital Level fits tight but easily pulls out if I wish to use the punch …

Testing the Punch on a Short Piece of Pipe

Testing the Punch on a Short Piece of Pipe

On soft plastic pipe, I can press and turn the punch to to create a mark …

Back-View of the Punch on the Updated Digital Level Holder

Back-View of the Punch on the Updated Digital Level Holder

Many times I wish to make dots with a Sharpie Marker first to test fit-ups …

Showing a Zero-Angle on the Digital Level

Showing a Zero-Angle on the Digital Level

Created additional holder Guide Mounts for large & small diameter pipes …

Print Preview of Holder & Parts as Shown in AFINIA 3D-Printing Software

Print Preview of Holder & Parts as Shown in AFINIA 3D-Printing Software

3D-Printed & tested the Guide Mounts for different size Sharpie pens …

3D-Printed Additional Guild Mounts for Extra Fine Tip Sharpie Pens

3D-Printed Additional Guild Mounts for Extra Fine Tip Sharpie Pens

The value of this unit will be for its use on long lengths of pipe, as-well-as for measuring holes/pipes coming off the side and specific angle.

Marking Another Zero-Angle Point on Other End of the Pipe

Marking Another Zero-Angle Point on Other End of the Pipe

Ended up making a Final Version that Uses the Magnets to hold Mount …

3D-Printing the Final Version out of Green Filament

3D-Printing the Final Version out of Green Filament

Video Link to a YouTube Video Showing the Final Version :

Click on Image to View YouTube Video of the Final Version

Click on Image to View YouTube Video of the Final Version

Using the AccuRemote ‘Digital’ Angle Gauge in combination with other Digital Tools should make for some very accurate & interesting pipe welding projects …

Digital Torpedo Level

Digital Torpedo Level

Got it covered … No matter which direction & angle the pipes need to go!

 

Digital Sliding T-Bevel Gauge

Digital Sliding T-Bevel Gauge

Well… That’s it … Nothing Fancy but it should work for what I need.

The 3D-Printing .STL files can be found on GrabCAD.com at:
Files to Print the Digital Angle Gauge Pipe Mount

…CHEERS!!

 

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Digital Angle Marker for Pipe

  1. Kris Meredith

    Awesome! Would love to get a copy of the Solidworks file, if available.

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