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What are the parts of a dial caliper?

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labelled diagram of a dial caliper

Dial caliper jaws

The upper jaws of a caliper are used for taking inside measurements such as the diameter of a hole or slot.

Upper jaws

The upper jaws of a caliper are used for taking inside measurements such as the diameter of a hole or slot.

The lower jaws are used for measuring outside dimensions such as width, length and diameter.

Lower jaws

The lower jaws are used for measuring outside dimensions such as width, length and diameter.

Dial caliper depth rod

The depth rod is used for measuring the depth of holes. It protrudes when the thumb screw is turned. The depth rod is used for measuring the depth of holes. It protrudes when the thumb screw is turned.

Dial

Together with the main beam scale, the dial displays the measurement being taken. The indicator needle rotates within the dial when the jaws of the caliper are opened or the depth rod lengthened. Each time it makes a complete rotation on the dial, the reference edge on the beam scale will have moved one increment (2mm or approx. 0.1 inches). Together with the main beam scale, the dial displays the measurement being taken.

Dial indicator needle

The indicator needle rotates within the dial when the jaws of the caliper are opened or the depth rod lengthened.

Each time it makes a complete rotation on the dial, the reference edge on the beam scale will have moved one increment (2mm or approx. 0.1 inches).

Dial caliper lock screw

The lock screw secures the jaws into place, so the object you are measuring can be removed, and readings taken. The lock screw secures the jaws into place, so the object you are measuring can be removed, and readings taken.

Dial caliper reference edge

On the main scale, the reference edge indicates the value of the measurement being taken. On the main scale, the reference edge indicates the value of the measurement being taken.

Dial caliper main scale

Alongside the dial, the measurement taken is shown on the main beam scale by the reference edge. The beam is where the main scale is found. The depth rod is stored inside the beam when not in use. Alongside the dial, the measurement taken is shown on the main beam scale by the reference edge.

Beam

The beam is where the main scale is found. The depth rod is stored inside the beam when not in use.

Dial caliper thumb screw

The thumb screw is used to precisely adjust the measuring faces of the caliper (both sets of jaws and the depth rod). It helps the user to get a tight grip on the material they are measuring. The thumb screw is used to precisely adjust the measuring faces of the caliper (both sets of jaws and the depth rod).

It helps the user to get a tight grip on the material they are measuring.

Dial caliper bezel nut

The bezel nut locks the precise settings on the dial after the caliper has been calibrated. This helps to ensure that the dial is set to zero before taking measurements. The bezel nut locks the precise settings on the dial after the caliper has been calibrated.

This helps to ensure that the dial is set to zero before taking measurements.