
Like a beam that hits the surface of the circle and you have the distance without the angle?
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Yes, in that case is a mechanical measuring device, but yes, the red line would represent a beam that measure the distance, but I don't know the incidence angle.
Thank you for spending time on that, I'm sure my super explanations are not making it easy to understand it.





Some observations:
1. Replacing the circle (disk) with an other one will not change the distance the devices measure as long as the circles are on the same plain...
2. There is an option when one or more of the devices will not hit the circle's surface (infinite or error)...
3. There is a whole sphere for each point on the circle's surface that will return the same measurement...
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Yes, yes and yes, but (and I'll write this in the OP) we consider all to be in the same plane.
If it is not... I simply abandon all hope and start crying now...





Even the circle is on a fixed plain and the beams are always hit the surface, you can not know the position of the device as any of the devices can be at any point of a sphere and still return the same distance...
If you would know the distance between the devices it would cut down the possible position to a circle (still a lot but less the a sphere)...
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With no further information I unfortunately think this is a "software can't fix your mechanical problems" situation. I'm not a math wizard though so maybe someone else will chime in.
If there's a way to guarantee a distance between the measurement device and the center of the measured sphere, I think it may be possible. You'd have both sides of the triangle coming out of the measurement device (the "true" distance [distance to center  radius] and the measured) and you could use spherical trigonometry to determine the angle between those sides (the angle of the measurement device) given the difference between the two distances. Honestly that's beyond me though and relies on having perfect spheres. I was never good at trig
EDIT: Also this would in no way let you know where in the xy plane those measurement devices are.





Your question is really unclear, are you trying to calculate d1?
Regardless, if you have neither the positions nor the angles of the devices then you can't get an accurate calculation. Your best option would be to use which ever device gives you the shortest distance, as that will be the most accurate  but certainly cannot guarantee a correct result.
Essentially to get the correct result you need a device pointed directly at the centre point. If they are not pointing directly at the centre point then you could probably compensate for this offset is your calculations, but you would need the angles and positions to be able to do so.





I need to calculate XY position in which the sensor finds the part.
The problem is that the sensor is at an unknown position and angle (which will be very similar to the desired one but I need a really high precision (3 micrometers)).
I only get from the sensor the distance from the sensor to the part.





Joan M wrote: I only get from the sensor the distance from the sensor to the part.
So just to be clear. Do you just get a single value (distance) from the sensor to the outer circle?
Or do you get 2 values, one for outer circle and one for inner circle?





One for each circle.
Thank you for spending time on this. And sorry for my bad explanations, it's difficult for me to describe this clearly in English...





Joan M wrote: One for each circle.
Ok, that is a good start. We definitely need both. The other vital piece is: do you know the value of d1? (i.e do you know the radius/circumference of both the inner and outer circles?)
It looks like Daniel is already suggesting what I am trying to get at too, however I just wanted to be sure you have all the information that he is trying to make use of.





Yes, both circles are the master parts and we know the radius of both.
Thanks!





Ok, so my trig is rusty so I will need to take some time to try and process the information.
But from what I can see I think it should be possible to do with that data  but don't hold me to that just yet, this is not a specialist area for me by far!





Same here... trigonometry is rusty to say the least...





Sorry, having had some further time to think I don't see a solution. You need to have either the position of the sensor, or the angle of it (relative to the centre point). Without one of those you can't get the position where it intersects.
Easiest way to see why: Take your diagram and rotate the whole thing 45 degrees. You will see that the expect output is clearly different, however you will still have the exact same input values. And logic states that the same input cannot produces different outputs  therefore the input data just isn't enough. Hope that makes sense.
If you still don't want to give up, post a question on math.se[^], at least then you will get a much better technical explanation of why it can't be done that you can forward to the boss And if they somehow suss it out, please report back with the solution!





XY I think you will never find. Assume you position the measurement unit exactly at 0° watching exactly the center. Do the same at any other angle (I mean adjust it exactly to the center).
It does not solve my Problem, but it answers my question





Yeah, you might be right. Like I said it's no my area of expertise so takes me some time to validate (or disprove) my current trail of thought.
I get what you are saying though, and I fear you are correct.





We have the distances m1 (between the measuring device and the outer circle), m2 (between the measuring device and the inner circle), r1, and r2 (the radii of the two circles).
If the measuring device were pointed exactly at the common centre of the circles, then m1  m2 == r1  r2.
If it is not pointing at the centre, the direction vector traces a chord on each of the circles. One chord is the intersections of the direction vector with the outer circle, and one chord is the intersections of the direction vector with the inner circle. The difference between the two chords is 2*(m1  m2).
If the measuring device is at a distance R and angle alpha from the centre of the circles, you should be able to calculate the lengths of the chords in terms of R, alpha, r1, and r2. Working backwards, you should get a formula for R and alpha in terms of m1, m2, r1, and r2.
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Which will place the device on a circle in best case... It still will not give you a XYZ position...
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Consider a coordinate system with origin in the center of the mastering circle and one measuring device positioned at X0, Y0 (unknowns) sending a beam with a slope S (also unknown). The equation of the beam is:
(1) yY0 = S*(xX0)
The intersection of this line with the mastering circle x^{2} + y^{2} = R1^{2} can be found by solving
(2) x^{2} + (s*(xX0) + Y0)^{2} = R1^{2}
And then finding y from equation [1]. This will give you a formula with 3 unknowns (X0, Y0 and S) for the intersection point (Xi, Yi)
Distance between the intersection point (Xi, Yi) and (X0, Y0) is given by:
d1^{2} = (XiX0)^{2} + (YiY0)^{2}
You need 3 such equations, from 3 mastering circles to solve the 3 unknowns. Note that solution for each sensor is independent of the other sensors.
It's a bit early in the morning for me but the basic outline should work.





It should be in 3D  x and y are not enough to position the devices...
"The only place where Success comes before Work is in the dictionary." Vidal Sassoon, 1928  2012





Not sure why you think it is 3D. The OP talked about 2D and his diagram is 2D.
In 3D the problem cannot be solved with only 3 measurements.





Look for my questions... The devices are not in the same plain as the circle to measure... Or so I understood...
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Joan M wrote: Given the difference between r1r2 and m2m1 could I find the angle in which the measuring device is mounted?
Yes.
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