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By cameraman
The other day I was exploring in the loft when I came across my old tool-chest. So I got a few pieces out with the view of taking some macro shots.
I left engineering in 1985 and have not been in a toolroom since then. At that time new measuring instruments with dial read-outs were just beginning to be used. Does anyone know if micrometers like my one, or other vernier scale tools, are still used today? Or is it all digital read-out?

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12 Sep 2012 6:06PM
You’ve spurred me into action with this one. Just been down to the cellar and dug out a few of my old imperial micrometers. During the Mid-Sixties, my Saturday morning task was to re-calibrate our finishing & inspection departments’ 1 inch to 12-inch micrometers and I still have some of the gear. The firm closed down in 1980.
G3 17 13 2 United States
12 Sep 2012 8:57PM
I own/run a small metals shop...and I use both mechanical and digital measuring . I find that neither one is the right way in ALL forms of work. A good Starrett mike has a feel that can NEVER be duplicated with a bunch of electronic junk!
12 Sep 2012 9:05PM
Still using them when I finished in 2001, nice shot,
12 Sep 2012 9:25PM
All digital in my last place of work. Cracking detail.
cameraman 17 227 1 England
14 Sep 2012 10:31AM
Thanks for the comments, and the clicks.
I suppose many of the current users would have served their time using such instruments.
And Rob, if you load any pics you take in the Macro goup we can easily compare notes and ideas.

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