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Shoulder Screws — Discover 3 Ways to use Shoulder Screws in Weld Fixture Design

How have you used shoulder screws in machine design? I have thought of 3 ways off the top of my head for how to use shoulders screws in weld fixture design. Orient, Pivot and Slide. The shoulder screw is such a neat tool. The shaft is like a dowel with a smooth surface and tight tolerancing....

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Tips for Dimensioning Features on Angled Surfaces in 3D Machine Design

Dimensioning an angled surface that has critical features on it can be challenging if you don't know where to begin. Let the Queen of Lean Machine Design give your some pointers to help you get better and CAD Drafting for Machine Design.

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What Where and How of Metal Shims

What, Where, and How of Shims and Shim Packs I am excited about our new Free 3D CAD Models ordering service on Rentapen’s web site.  I know I promised to talk more about the simple weld fixture (weld jig), this week,  however I am delaying that because this is (I think) so COOL!! Our line of tooling components are now even easier to use.   I invite you to play with this new 3d model downloading service.  These files are Free! ...

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Weld Fixture Design – Discover how to Adjust Location of Straight Action Clamp

Discover how to adjust the location of a straight line action clamp. Often times, when designing a fixture we need to think ahead to where else adjustments might be made that will affect the area of the design we are working on. In this video lesson we discuss using RAPid Plate ™ RB09 in combination with metal shims and over-sized holes to locate a straight line action clamp sub assembly. So in this lesson we talked about sub assemblies....

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Using Metal Adjustment Shims in Weld Fixture Design

Metal shim, steel shims, adjustment shims and shim packs, whatever you call them, they are critical to the success of some weld fixtures.                 What do YOU do to make sure the product fits within tolerance after the individual parts of the product are welded together? In some welding applications, precision is not really needed.  For example welding the leg on a table.  In other...

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Jig or Weld Fixture Design — Holes 101

Construction holes are used to help locate an angled surface. Join Susan for another lesson on Weld Fixture Design for beginners.

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Three Ways to Detail a V-Block – Jig or Weld Fixture Design 101

The Art and Science of Detailing a V-block Now that we have talked about how to hold a round tube with a V-Block and how to create a V-Block in Pro/E 4.0 (Pro/Engineer), now it is time to talk about detailing. How do you make a drawing of a V-Block so that the machinist can understand it, and create it as quickly and accurately as possible. A Word About Detail Standards I keep saying that Machine Design is both Science and Art. When you...

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