Digitizing Touch Probe CNC Toolsetter with adjust shank for Mach3 Sherline Taig

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202030 - Touch Trigger Probe / Tool Setter TP-100 w/6' shielded cable, no connector. Made in USA.

Note: This probe has a centering adjustable shank
Centering instructions for TP100 and TP-1000 Probes
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This TP-100 contact probe is available with 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch, or 10mm shank, 5 way mechanical contact scanning device with a 2mm ( .0787 in) diameter ruby tip.  It is used with CNC milling and CNC routing style machines to digitize surface and contour data.  When used as a probe the shank is mounted in a spindle collet or chuck or other holder parallel to the spindle axis. The probe also includes a flat base and tip which can be used to convert the probe into a table based tool measurement instrument. NEW: The shank can be removed without the flat base.  This make it much easier to convert from Probe to a tool setter and back.  Tip stylus extensions are available in 20, 30, 60 , and 90 mm lengths. 1mm, 3mm, and 4mm diameter, ruby tips styli are also available.  Ruby is one of the hardest materials known.  The ruby stylus on this probe has a sphericity ( roundness) of .000050,( 50 millionths) of an inch.

The probe was originally designed as an accessory to the DeskCNC controller, but was later adapted to mach2-3 when they were released. This probe will work with CNC controllers that interface to a probing input from a switched contact.  This includes DeskCNC, Mach3, TurboCNC, EMC, linixCNC, Flashcut and many other programs/controllers.When used with Mach3, there are also g-code based routines to collect 2D contour data.  Mach3 can also use the tool setter base and flat stylus for tool setting.  When used with DeskCNC, the probe can be used to scan a 3D surface directly to an accurate .STL CAD file, or as a toolsetter.  For other CNC systems, please check with the producer to verify that the system can utilize a contact probe or toolsetter

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When used with DeskCNC, a probed surface is filtered, smoothed, reverse compensated for the probe tip radius, and saved as an .STL CAD file.  The 3D surface machining CAM in DeskCNC can make minor edits to the surface and will produce 3D surfacing toolpaths to duplicate the scanned part.  DeskCNC has automated routines to measure and record tool lengths when the probe is used as a tool setter.  The photos above show the 3D scanning of a plastic leopard into an .STL file and a wooden workpiece that was machined from the scan.

Below is another DeskCNC scanned item.  In this case a 1 mm diameter, ruby probe tip was used to pick up as much detail as possible.The specifics of the scan are: .004 x .004 steps, approx 95,000 points scanned. The total time was about 3.5 hours.  The velocity was kicked up to about 35 ipm on the flat areas. This is the original stl file, rendered in Vector Cad-Cam.  Additional information about the process can be found at this link:   Scanning a Quarter

scanning a quarter     Scanned quarter

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