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Quick Locking Fixturing Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116213D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Derdall, BC: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method for fixturing an object could be to utilize a universal locating device. The device can cover an infinite number of locations, thus allowing any size of object to be fixtured. It is located by inserting the dowel pins into a plate with a matrix of holes. The device is then tightened and completely locked into place with the turn of a set screw.

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Quick Locking Fixturing Device

      A method for fixturing an object could be to utilize a
universal locating device.  The device can cover an infinite number
of locations, thus allowing any size of object to be fixtured.  It is
located by inserting the dowel pins into a plate with a matrix of
holes.  The device is then tightened and completely locked into place
with the turn of a set screw.

      There are two parts to this device.  The base (Fig. 1) was
designed to be inserted into a plate with a matrix of holes.  There
are two dowel pins which locate the base into the plate.  Note that
the pins are offset from the center line (lengthwise) on the base.
This allows the device to achieve a greater range of use.  There is a
slot machined out of the bottom of the base which allows the unit to
spread and lock into the plate when the set screw is tightened.  This
set screw also locks the insert at the same time as it locks the base
into the plate.

      The insert (shown inside the base in Fig. 2) is the other main
part of this device.  It is able to slide in the base.  The main
criteria for this device is that it fit into the base and the grooves
machined along the sides provide clamping and vertical location of
the insert.  The insert can be used in many ways to achieve the
requirements of the specific application.  Typical examples may
include a locating pin, a support surface or a spring clamp.