Ball array calibration on a coordinate measuring machine using a gage block

J. F. Ouyang, I. S. Jawahir

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The distances between the balls of a ball array used in machine geometry calibration have to be very accurate. These distances can be calibrated using a laser measurement system, which requires specially designed optical devices and measuring probes. In this paper, a new and economical alternative method for calibrating the ball array is described. A single gage block is used for measuring the standard distance at the starting position. Then, the exact distances between the balls can be obtained by using the coordinate measuring machine (CMM) probe motion. This method does not depend on the accuracy of the CMM. Also, this method does not require expensive instruments or devices, but a CMM and a gage block. A simple "parallel-plane" bracket, mounted on to the measuring end of a CMM probe, is used to determine the centers of the balls automatically and accurately.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-229
Number of pages11
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1995


  • Ball array calibration
  • Coordinate measuring machine
  • Dimensional metrology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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