We reviewed several products from Lixer Tools last year and the company is about to release the new Lixer Master tape measure calibration tool. Instead of wood, this new Lixer Master will be made out of stainless steel using a wire EDM process, which basically creates the tool’s unique shape via electrical discharges which rapidly remove material from the workpiece. An available option on their other products, the Lixer Master will have NIST Traceable Certification and come with a custom fit padded storage box. The accuracy of this tool is an impressive +/-.0005″.
This tool , although similar to the original Lixer tape measure calibration tool in how it works, is actually designed for CMM certification. Also, if you re-certify similar tools through local calibration labs, the Lixer Master could potentially be recertified locally as well. And compared to the wood models, the stainless steel will be easier to keep clean. Another nice benefit is that the end hook adjustment slot–a potentially fragile point on the wood Lixers–now gets the added benefit of being made of metal.
The photo here is only a “sneak peek” prototype, but all of the tool marking on the stainless steel are more or less correct except that they will be done with a laser fused porcelain process. Lixer Tools has also added two parallel lines that run the length of the tool so you can more easily line up the tape measure blade.
Lixer is offering a pre-production price of just $149.95 until March 2013. The regular price is $185.95.