Ball tip-stylus tilt correction for a stylus profilometer

Stephan R. Clark, John E. Greivenkamp

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Ball tip and stylus tilt are two error sources found in coordinate measurement machines (CMMs). The magnitude of these errors is dependent on the ball tip radius and the degree of misalignment between the stylus motion axis and lateral referencing plane determined by the x and y axes of the CMM used. It is shown that these two errors are actually coupled and that their correction can be accomplished in one process. The overall benefit and versatility of this correction routine on a more general basis are given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-411
Number of pages7
JournalPrecision Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2002


  • Alignment error correction
  • Ball tip-stylus tilt error
  • Coordinate measurement machine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering

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