Metrology Monday: Introduction

Formally, metrology is the scientific study of measurement. Machinists typically use the term to refer to actual measuring. This is an aspect of metal working that I find fascinating, probably because there are all sorts of wonderful tools involved. To predict that I will be overkilling this particular aspect of the hobby takes no special foresight. 🙂 I have resolved to share this enthusiasm through a series of posts.

There are various aspects to the subject I intend to explore besides the tools themselves. I briefly touched on engineering fit in my roller gauge design. That is a way of establishing one required measurement. There are also techniques I need to learn more about; I see machinists on Youtube taking measurements in clearly deliberate motions I don’t yet understand the point of.

Depicted in the photo are my new surface plate and height gauge. Next two series topics sorted!

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