Unlike a conventional light microscope, a toolmakers microscope is typically used as a measuring device. As such, it can be used to measure up to 1/100th of a mm. This makes these microscopes suitable for such functions as the inspection and measurement of various miniature mechanical and electronic parts.
For instance, a toolmakers microscope can be used for the purposes of viewing and measuring thread pitch and thread angles among others.
Like a conventional light microscope, the toolmakers microscope is also dependent on optics. Light from the source is focused (upward) on to the object, which allows the user to see the shadow of the object (because light cannot pass through the object). However, the shadow resembles the object, which allows for measurements to be made.
The level of magnification with this particular device is largely dependent on the objective being uses. However, it is often supplied with facilities to provide a magnification range of between 10x and 100x. Whereas low magnification allows for most part of the object under observation to be viewed, high magnification provides a clear image (with adjustments of light) for good measurements.
To adopt the microscope for a variety of applications, a variety of attachments may be required. Given that the image (shadow of object) has to represent the true details of the object (detail, shape and even color with some specimens) it also uses a variety of special accessories and techniques, filters, lens coatings and diaphragms, which are meant to affect the raw image for more accurate information.
A toolmakers microscope has a robust base that allows it to hold a wide range of objects for observations and measurements.
As multi functional devices, toolmaker tools will often be found in most of the manufacturing companies/factories involved in the manufacturing of machines, electronics and tools. In such places, they help in the measurement of shapes, sizes, angles and positions of small components which fall under the measuring range of the microscope. This makes the microscope particular suitable for such tasks as measuring the shapes of such components as milling cutters, thread gauge and guide screw among others.
In addition, the device finds use for measuring center to center distance of holes in a plane, linear measurements as well as accurate angular measurements.
Determining relative positions
Here, the microscope is used elative positions of different points by simply measuring the travel that is necessary for bringing a second point to the position that was formerly occupied by the first and so forth.
Using this microscope, it is possible to measure the angles by using the protractor eyepiece. This allows for the angles of the object to be viewed and determined.
This is where the microscope is used to do comparison of the thread forms, measuring of the pitch and diameter. Here, the microscope achieves this using the master profiles engravings in the eyepiece.
Comparing with a scale
This is where the images of the object are compared with the scale in the projection screen.
Pitch measurement of a hacksaw blade
Obtaining the angle of the hacksaw teeth
The toolmakers microscope is an important device given that it allows for manufacturers and other technicians to observe and measure the small parts of various tools and electronics among others. It has a number of advantages that makes it suitable for such tasks. These include;
The Radical Highly Precise Toolmakers Angle & Linear Industrial Measuring Microscope has been designed and engineered for those who require high precision and accuracy in the measurement of various parts (electronic, machine parts, tools and automotive components etc).
As such, it allows for excellent precise measurements of angles, lengths, point to point distances as well as diameters. This made possible by a number of features of this device which include a digital micrometer with 1 micron Least Count among others.
The Radical Toolmakers Precise Measuring Microscope is used for the purposes of measuring lengths, angles as well as diameter and distances. As such, it is commonly used by auto component manufacturers, tool manufacturers as well as in quality control or various tools and parts.
The Mitutoyo 176 808A Toolmakers Microscope is one in a series of microscopes that have been specifically designed for the purposes of measuring the dimensions and angles of a variety of machines/tools. As such, it can be effectively used for such purposes of checking shapes of screw threads, inspection of matching templates and gears among others.
From the TM Series of microscopes, the Mitutoyo 176-809A TM-510 Toolmakers microscope is a brilliant microscope that comes with a monocular head, a 30x total magnification, two-watt tungsten bulbs as well as a rectangular mechanical stage (4" x 2") which allows for left to right movement. With a number of other special features in place, this compound toolmaker's microscope is designed to ensure high accuracy and maximum comfort during use.
As is the case with conventional microscopes, it is important to understand the purpose of the microscope being purchased in order to get the most out of it. This is also the case with a toolmakers microscope.
With this device, it is worth considering the type that comes with ergonomic features as well as eyepiece adjustments, which will allow for fatigue free viewing over a long period of time.