Patent Number: 7,100,297

Title: Probe or stylus orientation

Abstract: Re-orientation of a stylus (30) or measurement probe (12) can be accomplished by engaging a part of the stylus or probe with a fixed part (50) and moving the probe in a spherical path centred at the engagement. The engagement (50) is spaced from the stylus tip (34) and avoids bending of the stylus during re-orientation. The re-orientation can take place into a plurality of e.g. repeatable rest positions by virtue of a kinematic array (e.g. balls (122) and rollers (120) FIG. 2).

Inventors: McMurtry; David Roberts (Dursley, GB), McFarland; Geoffrey (Dursley, GB)

Assignee: Renishaw PLC

International Classification: G01B 3/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018