Optical Tooling

  • James P. Reilly


Occasionally, surveyors may be requested to provide very precise dimensional control in the assembly and alignment of aircraft jigs, automobile and farm implement manufacturing, and other machine elements. The term optical tooling refers to surveying techniques that have been introduced into the aircraft and other industries to make accurate dimensional layouts possible. Many people refer to this process as optical alignment.


Control Line Critical Angle Optical Instrument Cross Line Vertical Circle 
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