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I want to know where to put a dial indicator on my micro manual mill. I have a dial indicator arm and a dial indicator but I can't figure out where the best place is to mount one.

i don't want to CNC it. I can drill holes in things to mount something, thats fine

I thought to put a mounting plate on the side of the column

Robert Smith Eco Warrior:
It depends what you want to measure with the dial indicator.
You could mount it on the spindle to line up on fairly big existing holes.
You could mount it on the column or head to check you have your work clamped parallel on the table.
You could also check the perpendicularity of table and spindle by mounting it in the spindle or chuck.
You can mount it above the table and use it as a height comparing guage if you have a batch of parts to check through.
Loads of things you can use it for.

I have just bought a little tiny dial test indicator to set up already machined parts in my lathe to get them concentric.

I thought with a small part you can attach it so it measures how much the bed moves to use it like a readout. I have seen pictures of this on small mills but I am not sure where the best place is. I saw a picture of a 2 inch one mounted to a taig.

My column and base is filled with epoxy+sand+lead shot, so its really sturdy/heavy/dampened there (I thought it was making too much noise when you cut things). I thought the best place was to make a threaded hole in the column, or to screw in a plate with a threaded hole in the column, so on the left or right side I can screw in a long adjustable arm with a dial indicator on the end.

I also thought to mount the whole thing to a piece of granite I have laying around, then put the dials on that. And maybe glue rubber under the granite. Then I can put an indicator that potentially reads the Z axis. Fortunately I have base comparators, so at least I have measuring parts covered.

The Z-axis is a little bit of trouble because if I tighten the screw down, it really almost gets rid of the vibration completely, like I can hear a huge difference in vibration when its set to the 'easy to move' tightness and the 'stuck' tightness. The x-y table waddles kind of, which is disappointing, but I think its ok, so when I use it I set a depth, tighten the z axis, then mill x-y, and I try to make holes on my precision drill press.

I thought maybe too it would be best to just buy a disposable B grade surface plate and attach the mill to it. They are kind of cheap. I think I am also going to try to fill the top cap on the column with epoxy sand, i think it makes a bit of noise too, so the column does not have any voids. I also got like quality brand name 3 and 4 flute end mills for it, and they make a world of difference compared to the really weird bits I got originally (I think they are for plastic, it was making horrible melty cuts, but the new ones work like a real milling machine)

I have a cheap HF mill and find X and Y axis are about as good as you can expect.  Z-axis (vertical) is horrible ( maybe +/- 0.040).  I put a dial indicator on the vertical axis.  As for X and Y, you just have to deal with them.  ( I also have a Bridgeport w/DRO for real work.)

Use a magnetic base and you can freely place it anywhere.


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