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Fan Fastener

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040972D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Holahan, MF: AUTHOR

Abstract

This invention uses spring clips to fasten small cooling fans to a machine. The spring clips secure the fan to a plastic spacer and also hold the spacer against the machine frame.

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Fan Fastener

This invention uses spring clips to fasten small cooling fans to a machine. The spring clips secure the fan to a plastic spacer and also hold the spacer against the machine frame.

In perspective Figure 1, and part sectional view of Figure 1 in Figure 2, a small cooling fan 1 is located on a molded plastic spacer 2 by four pins 3 which are integral to the spacer 2. The spacer 2 is located on the machine frame 4 by four pins 5. A spring steel clip 6 secures the fan 1 to the spacer 2 and the spacer 2 to the frame 4.

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The clip 6 is installed by inserting the bottom tab 10 into the frame slots 7 and pushing the upper catch over the spacer ramps 8 until the clip snaps into place as shown 9. Tools are not needed for installation, but for disassembly, a screwdriver is used to pry the clip upward, releasing the fan and spacer. The clips do not permanently deform, and are thus reusable.

Small fans may be securely held by two clips at opposite corners; larger heavier fans require four clips.

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