Machine Shop Measuring – QC For Beginners

When it comes to measuring for CNC beginners, we’re going to focus on the two most common measuring tools: the micrometer and calipers. 

We’ve got picks for finding a good quality measuring tool and instructions for how to take care of it once you have it. 

Finally, we have info on blueprints because you can’t measure it if you don’t know what you are measuring. Skip to the bottom for your blueprint guides.

Types of Machine Shop Measuring Tools

Micrometers come in many shapes in sizes. We lay out the most common types and how to use them.

Learning to read a micrometer can take a little practice. Luckily, we have a guide to make taking micrometer measurements easy.

One set of calipers can taken many different types of measurements. Find out what calipers are good at and learn about the different types of calipers available.

Dial calipers don’t have to be hard to read. We walk you through how to take measurements with this common measuring tool.

Learn what sets the two most common machine shop measuring tools apart. Includes tips for picking the right measuring tool for the job.

Measuring Tool Recommendations

When it comes to micrometers, accuracy matters a lot. Don’t end up with a tool that gives bad readings. Check out our best picks.

One of the most used measuring tools in a machine shop. We pick the best digital calipers for everyday use.

Tool Calibration

Micrometers are incredibly accurate tools. Make sure that precision instrument is giving accurate measurements by calibrating it. 

We lay out all the steps needed to calibrate your calipers with plenty of photos to walk you through the process.

More Measuring Resources

Before you measure it, you need to know what you are measuring. Learn to read engineering drawings with tips for avoiding some of the common mistakes.

There are a limited number of GD&T symbols used. Find the complete list here with links to other types of blueprint symbols you might come across.

Machine Shop Math

Learn to speak like a machinist and work with the numbers and values you will find on engineering blueprints. A practical guide with plenty of examples to help you learn.

What kind of math do you need to know to work in a machine shop? Spoiler: It’s less than you think