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Screwdriver type manufacture

Screwdriver type manufacture

Screwdriver type manufacture


I have a question regarding fitting a steel rod into a plastic handle.

For instance, if you was making a prototype of say a screwdriver, how would you connect the metal driver to the handle? I am hoping to not have to commit to tooling cost just yet so looking for a simple solution for a prototype. Obviously bearing in mind it needs to drive in screw etc. so must not come loose once fitted?

Any advice much appreciated.


RE: Screwdriver type manufacture

I'd carve the handle shape out of wood, then cast a glass fibre two part mould around the wooden model, using some sort of wax as a release agent. Paint the surface of the mould with PVA glue, or mre wax. Then fill the mould with polyester resin and short chopped glass fibres, and poke the screwdriver shaft in. Assuming you've copied the screwdriver shaft correctly that may work well enough.


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RE: Screwdriver type manufacture

In addition to Greg's suggestion, I've noticed screwdrivers may have some 'wings' formed into the shank that gets a handle cast around it. That will provide some mechanical transmission of torque instead of just the adhesion of the cast material to the round shank.

This picture has a number of examples of what I mean:

Aidan McAllister
Metallurgical Engineer

RE: Screwdriver type manufacture

Or drill a small hole in the rod and then a small hole in the handle at 90 degrees to the rod and insert a pin or something to hold it in place and transmit torque.

Seems a very basic question??

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RE: Screwdriver type manufacture

If it's very small, say instrument screwdriver size, then knurling the shaft may be enough.

But if it's a normal size, and a prototype, I would suggest drilling and putting in one or two cross pieces to hold the handle.

RE: Screwdriver type manufacture

What kind of plastic? Commercially made screwdriver and other handles were once made of a plastic known as Tenite, with the shank of the tool having a significant deformation to allow adequate grip. One could buy Tenite stock, drill a slightly smaller pilot hole, heat the tool shank to 200 to 300 deg F (??? need verification), and press it into place.

It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.

RE: Screwdriver type manufacture

You might also cast the plastic handle onto the cooler steel blade, so that the plastic would shrink to the roughened blade shank.

RE: Screwdriver type manufacture

What about machining a hex end that fits common handles with removable tips? I assume your unique design feature is the tool (bit) end and not the handle!


RE: Screwdriver type manufacture


Watch Forged in Fire. This is on Spike TV, but episodes are up on YouTube. They are making all sorts of fancy combat knives, which are way more interesting than screwdrivers, but they do have to attach handles.


RE: Screwdriver type manufacture

1. FYI...

This is the 'big kahuna spec' for everything screwdriver and SD-bits... with exception of a few standards for screw-drive recesses/tool-tips typically used in aerospace.

Prior specs [CX'd]...

MIL-B-9946/1 THRU /20, BIT, SCREWDRIVER,... ...

MIL-B-85643/1 THRU /5 BIT, SCREWDRIVER,... ..., RIBBED,...

2. Another idea for a 'simple prototype screwdriver'...

Get a short section of PVC pipe ~1.00--1.25-OD and the glue-on plastic seal-caps, PVC cement, generic 2-part epoxy resin... and alcohol or acetone and clean cotton cloths.

Drill hole in one end-cap, on-center, for inserting the screwdriver shank; and a 'hole-start' in the interior/center of the second cap [for 'blank-end' of screwdriver shank to 'set-into'].

Clean interior surfaces of the plastic parts [tube/caps] 'break-water quality'.

Cement-on the end-cap with drill-start.

Grit-blast screwdriver shank to attain 'bright metal' finish.

Insert drive-shank thru the hole in the remaining end-cap.

Pot-fill the capped-off tube section [~90%?] with 2-part epoxy resin.

Insert The screwdriver shank into the epoxy resin until it seats in the 'drill-start'; then cement the end cap in-position. OK to add/remove epoxy just before this step.

Fillet around the shank/cap [exterior] with excess epoxy resin.

Might consider coating the 'handle' with PLASTISOL colored-coating for a 'softer feel'.

Regards, Wil Taylor

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RE: Screwdriver type manufacture

Big star to Walt Strong.

I believe this is the ~ $10 dollar solution he was referring to.

Eminently suitable for a prototype.

When production begins -
Say it is for existing 5/16 hex drive
Provide a 6 in 1 screwdriver with bits
Glue your driver into a commercial handle and send me all the extra bits.

RE: Screwdriver type manufacture

how about buying someone else's screwdriver body and adding your bit to the end ?

maybe sell only your bits (that fit a universal screwdriver) ?

another day in paradise, or is paradise one day closer ?

RE: Screwdriver type manufacture


What are you trying to accomplish?

Here is a cool concept.


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