Rendered with KerkyThea:
You made the second set of calipers with Sketchup and then rendered it?
Oh my Lord.
(The shadow looks very sharp, is there a setting in KT to change this?
I tend to use the sun and sky color for my admittedly simplistic renderings … KT suggests using a “point” light source with a radius to provide true fuzzy shadows. Here’s a stab at using a single spherical light in a room with white walls and ceilings:
I think I like this native SketchUp version much better:
I think I’m just going to sit here with my jaw dropped open…
Congratulations on producing this excellent model!
(So was this a metric calipers draw in ft/in? Or…? : )
It’s nominally a 6-inch caliper* but the display reads in inches or millimeters (toggled by the button). For the past 30 years, I’ve relied on this to take accurate measurements when building or modeling something; this was one of the few projects where I couldn’t use it to measure the object being modeled (I used a 30-foot tape measure instead). Unfortunately, this means that the model isn’t really accurate enough to use as a measuring device, but I convinced myself that it was close enough for visual uses.
One of the few drawbacks to SketchUp is the inability to natively handle tiny geometry. As a result, I created the model in inches at a scale of 1000:1 so I wouldn’t have to worry about the hassles created by this feature. Since the render engine works best when rendering models in real-world sizes, I made the model a component and then scaled a copy by 1/1000 before passing it into KerkyThea.
* I’ve always called this class of devices “calipers”, but it appears that “caliper” is more correct. However, they are also referred to as a pair of calipers or a set of calipers.
in my line of work, they are always called ‘very nears’…
An apprentice of mine thought they were called Calpernias.
An odd mix of vernier caliper.
In my younger days, I used something like these to measure things:
Later, I moved up to one of these:
The dial was driven by a tiny gear train riding along a geared track (or rack). The digital version simply replaced the dial with a rotary encoder … no other changes to the caliper was necessary. Later versions used a sensor track of varying styles to more accurately determine the position of the slide (eliminating the need for the toothed rack):
Modernity has deprived us of the pride to you can feel when able to interpret the nonius scale.
I want some good ones but for now I use a cheap one from China. But I do not make anything important like manned space flight vehicles like my dad did.