3D Printed Hole Measurement Inserts

3D-Printed Threaded Inserts to Measure Center-to-Center Hole Distances

3D-Printed Threaded Inserts to Measure Center-to-Center Hole Distances

As I have mentioned before ~ Sometimes simple items are the most helpful …

Close-Up View of the 3D-Printed Threaded Measurement Hole Inserts

Close-Up View of the 3D-Printed Threaded Measurement Hole Inserts

I use to work inside ships aligning & welding items, and if you have ever been inside a ship you know nothing is straight, level, or easy …

Example of What a Ship's Piping & Inner Metal Structure Might Look Like

Example of What a Ship’s Piping & Inner Metal Structure Might Look Like

Therefore, one needs to be able to mount ‘measurement items‘ in specific places and measure out from those areas to triangulate distances, etc.

Once Ya Know the Distances ~ You Can 'Jethro' Cipher Out Where to Put the Items

Once Ya Know the Distances ~ You Can ‘Jethro’ Cipher Out Where to Put the Items

Several years ago I machined some threaded & magnetic measurement inserts and decide to 3D-Print up several new ones for a current project …

3D-Printed Concept of the Hole Center Threaded Measuring Inserts

3D-Printed Concept of the Hole Center Threaded Measuring Inserts

3D Printing allowed me to design without having to worry about draft angles.

Measurement Inserts Line Up with the Center of the Hole

Measurement Inserts Line Up with the Center of the Hole

The design needed to allow for measuring holes from Center-to-Center …

SolidWorks CAD Software Allows Users to See Transparent Views

SolidWorks CAD Software Allows Users to See Transparent Views

Used several different standard size Machine Bolts as part of the design …

End of Tape Measure Locked into the Center of the Hole Location

End of Tape Measure Locked into the Center of the Hole Location

The Key to the design is one edge is perfectly aligned with the Center of the hole so that when the tape is pulled against that edge it aligns with the center of the hole for measuring Center-to-Center hole measurements.

Edge Lines up with Center of Hole

Edge Lines up with Center of Hole

The Measurement Inserts are also designed so they are exactly 1/2″ from any flat edge to the center of the hole being measured with the Tape …

Can Also Press the End of the Tape to the Side of the Threaded Insert

Can Also Press the End of the Tape to the Side of the Threaded Insert

Many times I will run a guide string to get a visual of where items are going to run through other structures for which I am designing my items to fit within …

There is also a Notch in the Front of the Insert for a Guide String

There is also a Notch in the Front of the Insert for a Guide String

The notch in the side of the insert holds the bottom of the string 1″ up from whatever the 3D-Printed inserts are mounted to …

1/2" Thread Version of the 3D Printed Measurement Inserts

1/2″ Thread Version of the 3D Printed Measurement Inserts

Also created a 1/2″ size version of the Hole Measurement Inserts which allows me to hand-turn in 1/2″x 13TPI All-Thread to secure the inserts to items …

Top and Bottom Views of the 1/2" Threaded Measurement Insert

Top and Bottom Views of the 1/2″ Threaded Measurement Insert

I used two 3D Printed parts and pressed in a 1/2″ Nut inside the unit …

1/2" Threaded Measurement Insert Bolted in the Hole

1/2″ Threaded Measurement Insert Bolted in the Hole

This 1/2″ Nut Version also has a Locking-Screw for the end tab of the Tape …

End of Tape Locked into Center-of-Hole Location

End of Tape Locked into Center-of-Hole Location

My AFINIA H-480 3D-Printer creates very accurate parts allowing the center hole measurement to line up very well with the 3D-printed insert edge ….

3D-Printing Resolution for the AFINIA H-480 is 0.20mm ( 0.0078″ )

Another Measurment Insert on Other End of Tape Showing 15.25"

Another Measurment Insert on Other End of Tape Showing 15.25″

Created a quick ( unedited ) Video talking about how I use these items …

Click on Image to View a VIDEO of the 3D-Printed Hole Measurement Inserts

Click on Image to View a VIDEO of the 3D-Printed Hole Measurement Inserts

I tend to go through a lot tape measures due to welding & dropping, so purchased a few extra of my favorite DeWALT DWHT33373L Tape Measures.

Extra DeWALT 33373 Tape Measures for Future Projects

Extra DeWALT 33373 Tape Measures for Future Projects

The next time I have the camera with me on a job-site, I will take some more photos of these Hole Measurement Inserts being used on a project.

UPDATE:

I was asked for more information about the Aluminum Metal Version …

SolidWorks CAD Software Aluminum Machined Version

SolidWorks CAD Software 1/4″ Machine Screw Aluminum Version

These are the dimensions I used to machined the Aluminum version.
( Started with 1″ Diameter Aluminum Round Stock )

Dimensions Used to Machined the 1/4" Machine Screw Version

Dimensions Used to Machined the 1/4″ Machine Screw Version

Threaded Transfer Screw Sets work great for short distances …

Screw Transfer Set for 1/4"-20TPI Threaded Holes

Screw Transfer Set for 1/4″-20TPI  Threaded Holes

 

… CHEERS!!

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