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Old 08-07-2015, 03:01 PM   #21
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Old 08-07-2015, 06:50 PM   #22
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We all hate metric.

A friend calls the metric side of a tape measure the french side. Lol

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However, I do use metric when doing chemistry projects.

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I don't know if anyone saw the equation in the cartoon. 5 medium sized gerbil penises = 1 inch.
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I don't if anyone saw the equation in the cartoon. 5 medium sized gerbil penises = 1 inch.
It's The Oatmeal. He does weird $h!t like that. Or this
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I will say that for MACHINING and fine measurements, the inch is still king. It can be divided many more times than the millimeter.
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Old 08-09-2015, 01:05 PM   #28
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I will say that for MACHINING and fine measurements, the inch is still king. It can be divided many more times than the millimeter.
Being a machinist and having worked with both metric and standard metric is much more accurate. .001 inches is 25.4 times larger than .001 millimeters. Or .001mm = .00025"
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Not according to my Welsh machinist.
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Oh yeah, well MY lithografist (what do you call the people who work in the lithography part of semiconductor manufacturing, anyway??) says they always use meters. It was microns, aka um or micrometers for a long time, but people got tired of saying things like .023 microns and finally started calling it 23 nm/nanometers when referring to the minimum feature size on an integrated circuit process node.

Electronics is a funny industry. It's mostly done in SI units, including meters for measuring everything about integrated chip sizing... the one stand-out exception is connectors/package sizing. 0.1 inch pitch for pin spacing is, or was, extremely common.

I think what the machinist friend might really mean is that most of his work comes dimensioned in inches, and it's therefore most convenient to do his work in inches too. Inches aren't inherently more easily divisible; what's really going on is that it's just a pain to do processing in one unit for a deliverable that's specified in the other unit. It might also be the case that most of the tools a machinist uses have their primary scale in inches, so there's a preference to keep the work in inches throughout.
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