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Much of my machine shop work involves making a tool for a specific application, and no machine is known to exist for such. So I work with my customer to determine what is needed, and through brainstorming and sketching, testing, etc, we can come up with a machine to fill the requirement.

The Band Gage

The machine below is what I have termed a “Band Gage”. It is used to measure the circumference of parts to compare their diameters with a known ‘master’ diameter. If your molded parts need to stay within certain specifications, this machine will help you determine which parts fall within specifications, and those that do not.

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The band is a thin steel strip which surrounds the part, and is tightened on the part with the red handle on the left of the picture.

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