Sunday, July 29, 2007

Mystery #78


Do you know what this is? Post your guesses in the comments. We haven't done one of these in a long time.

12 comments:

kenju said...

I haven't a clue.

T Migratorious said...

Is it a drill press guide?

Rick Lee said...

It's something that people who work in certain industries would probably recognize, but I have to confess that the average person would not.

peter hoh said...

I'm having trouble getting the size of the object in question. The shaft seems rather long and thn for this to be some sort of router bit, but that's the way I'm leaning.

Rick Lee said...

Think small.

Russell said...

It looks like a glass bead having a hole put in it.

horrocks_j said...

I think it's a ruby, and it rides in that groove. It looks like those jewels that are in watches. Something to do with time?

Susan said...

laser cutting device?

Rick Lee said...

It's a ruby, but you're still cold.

Toby said...

I'm going to go with fondue forks, just because that answer served me well in the past. That and despite searching for things like "glass bead," "ruby," and "metal shaft," I was unable to get anything closely resembling that.

Page D. said...

It's a Zeiss tungsten carbide shaft with ruby sphere..... which is the stylus part of Coordinate Measuring Machine CMM used in the machine tool industry to take very accurate measurements. Thanks for the clues, Toby!

Rick Lee said...

Ha! Page the detective has cracked the case. It's a super-accurate measuring device which is used to build computer models of existing parts. Such as seen here.