As mentioned in another thread, I have created a mount that allows me to attach a dial indicator to the carriage of my 883 pro, allowing useful things like precise stock levelling and a no-paper no-rub method of zeroing the Z axis. The mount also has a bunch of threaded holes to allow future mounting of other accessories (TBD but things like a laser cutter, compressed air are being considered)
There aren’t actually a lot of handy mount points on the carriage, and given the fact I wanted this mount to have a lot of “meat” for accessories and also preferred not to clamp directly onto the spindle the only option was to “borrow” the two holes that allow access for spindle motor adjustment.
The CAD came together after keeping my head inside the Nomad for about an hour making and remaking measurements of the carriage. Was hoping for a single sided CAM job, but the slot and hole for the dial indicator meant the mount was going to be milled on two faces.
Also milled some thread inserts for the two holes to keep the profile of the bolts coming up under the motor pulley to a minimum,
Next step is to make a knob so mounting/unmounting the dial indicator can be done easily.