Does anyone have a (preferably digital) Force Gauge?

Hi!

I’m in need of a Force Gauge with both push and pull capabilities. Do we have one in the space? Or does anyone have one I could borrow? Happy to provide beer/cookies/yourchoiceofsnack for a couple of weeks of use.

Thanks!
Dani

If we dont have it, can we get it for makerspace? @directors

There used to be a 5kg (I think) strain/force guage and amplifier circuit that I donated but that was a long time ago and would be in a component draw if it hasn’t been used. Good luck.

its a rather specialised bit of kit

You have two choices

you can build a diy one for a very very cheap using a load cell and arduino

or get a proper one that will be accurate over a small range that you specified and be calibrated (all rather specialized and unlikely to be used again by anyone else)

any thing in between is a waste of time IMHO

There’s a set of scales hanging up on the workshop wall

Depends what you want to measure, I guess!

I have a 5kg load cell with a couple of bits of metal bolted onto it that will measure compressive loads - we used it at my school to break concrete bridge models.

It was very cheap off eBay, and uses and Arduino - like @deanforbes says!

This the kind of thing you mean? Not digital, picked it up for a project ages ago not used it since, can leave it in the space for you