Monday, August 29, 2016

Mitutoyo Optical Comparator

***Tool of the week: horology here we come!
 

How we managed to bring up the 300kg pallet up to the fourth floor is still a mystery - but we managed.


The arrival of the box was a long anticipated event: it travelled across seas, and we watched the ship's position daily as it made its voyage from Japan to Australia. The Mitutoyo Optical Comparator finally arrived on Friday.




































































For those of you who wonder what the comparator is and what it does: it is a high precision measuring instrument which allows us to measure even the smallest watch components with extremely high accuracy. Without it, it would be simply impossible to design and make a watch part. It is a giant microscope, but also a computer which calculates distances, angles, radius and complex shapes, and work out tolerances. 
In other words, it allows us to see the very "DNA" of the watch mechanism and to measure at sub-micron level.
 










































Tyler and Josh couldn't wait a second longer so while the tool was still on the floor they started playing with it. I was watching them from the distance, having a hard time to contain my excitement. Every few minutes they would joyously proclaim: "wow, look at what I've just found - it can measure in polar coordinates" or "hey, there is a motorized auto focus" or "gee, there are even more functions than are mentioned in the user's manual!".
 
































Our comparator is made by Mitutoyo - the Rolls Royce of measuring equipment. And the boys are over the moon! This unique instrument will provide them endless opportunities to learn and design. We have now reached another important milestone in Australian horology, and proudly, we can say that we have a tool that no other watchmaker in Australia has. Of course, we would be more than happy to open our doors and make the comparator available to fellow watchmakers and keen students of watchmaking: I believe that fun is multiplied when shared!

I know this is not necessary to underline but allow me to say it again: every time you spend money with us, a great portion of that money goes straight into the acquisition of watchmaking equipment and tools. These assets are brought into Australia and are here to stay. And this is just the beginning of what we intend to do. With your help and support, in a few years from now, we will be able to do things which will make us all proud. 

Happy collecting,
Nick

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