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Design of an analogue contact probe for nano-coordinate measurement machines (CMM)
Author(s): Rui-Jun Li; Kuang-Chao Fan; Sheng Tao; Jian-Zhao Qian; Qiang-Xian Huang; Fang Cheng
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Paper Abstract

A new high precision analogue contact probe with long measurement range that is able to measure miniature components on a micro/nano-coordinate measuring machine (CMM) is proposed. This analogue probe is composed of a fiber stylus with a ball tip, a mechanism with a wire-suspended floating plate, a two-dimensional angle sensor and a miniature Michelson linear interferometer. The stylus is attached to the floating plate. The wires experience elastic deformation when a contact force is applied and then the mirrors mounted on the plate will be displaced, which displacements can be detected by two corresponding sensors. Each component of the probe is designed, fabricated and assembled in this research. Base on the design requirements and stiffness analysis of the probe, several constrained conditions are established, and optimal structure parameters of the probe are worked out. Simulation and experimental results show that the probe can achieve uniform stiffness, ±20μm measurement range and 1nm resolution in X, Y and Z directions. The contact force is less than 50μN when the ball tip is displaced by 20μm. It can be used as a contact and scanning probe on a Micro/Nano-CMM.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 November 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8321, Seventh International Symposium on Precision Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation, 832114 (16 November 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.903980
Show Author Affiliations
Rui-Jun Li, Hefei Univ.of Technology (China)
Anhui Electrical Engineering Professional Technique College (China)
Kuang-Chao Fan, Hefei Univ. of Technology (China)
National Taiwan Univ. (Chile)
Sheng Tao, Hefei Univ. of Technology (China)
Jian-Zhao Qian, Hefei Univ. of Technology (China)
Qiang-Xian Huang, Hefei Univ. of Technology (China)
Fang Cheng, Nanyang Technological Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8321:
Seventh International Symposium on Precision Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation
Kuang-Chao Fan; Man Song; Rong-Sheng Lu, Editor(s)

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