Sensor Prototype to Evaluate the Contact Force in Measuring with Coordinate Measuring Arms
AbstractThis paper describes the design, development and evaluation tests of an integrated force sensor prototype for portable Coordinate Measuring Arms (CMAs or AACMMs). The development is based on the use of strain gauges located on the surface of the CMAs’ hard probe. The strain gauges as well as their cables and connectors have been protected with a custom case, made by Additive Manufacturing techniques (Polyjet 3D). The same method has been selected to manufacture an ergonomic handle that includes trigger mechanics and the electronic components required for synchronizing the trigger signal when probing occurs. The paper also describes the monitoring software that reads the signals in real time, the calibration procedure of the prototype and the validation tests oriented towards increasing knowledge of the forces employed in manual probing. Several experiments read and record the force in real time comparing different ways of probing (discontinuous and continuous contact) and measuring different types of geometric features, from single planes to exterior cylinders, cones, or spheres, through interior features. The probing force is separated into two components allowing the influence of these strategies in probe deformation to be known. The final goal of this research is to improve the probing technique, for example by using an operator training programme, allowing extra-force peaks and bad contacts to be minimized or just to avoid bad measurements. View Full-Text
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Cuesta, E.; Telenti, A.; Patiño, H.; González-Madruga, D.; Martínez-Pellitero, S. Sensor Prototype to Evaluate the Contact Force in Measuring with Coordinate Measuring Arms. Sensors 2015, 15, 13242-13257.
Cuesta E, Telenti A, Patiño H, González-Madruga D, Martínez-Pellitero S. Sensor Prototype to Evaluate the Contact Force in Measuring with Coordinate Measuring Arms. Sensors. 2015; 15(6):13242-13257.Chicago/Turabian Style
Cuesta, Eduardo; Telenti, Alejandro; Patiño, Hector; González-Madruga, Daniel; Martínez-Pellitero, Susana. 2015. "Sensor Prototype to Evaluate the Contact Force in Measuring with Coordinate Measuring Arms." Sensors 15, no. 6: 13242-13257.