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Hand tool clearance checks

Hand tool clearance checks

Hand tool clearance checks

(OP)
I'm trying to check hand tool clearances. Before I start on the journey of building my own solution here I'm wondering if anyone here knows of an application or plugin for a common CAD program that has (or can generate) all of the standard sockets and wrench sizes? I'd love to be able to just type in the socket sizes from ASME B107.110 (socket spec), and select from extensions and wrench styles and and have a simple solid generated.

RE: Hand tool clearance checks

Check out Autodesk library to see if block drawings are available in their most current Design Center.

RE: Hand tool clearance checks

Here's a site, that while it does not provide 3D CAD data, it does provide an interactive chart that appears to cover what you're looking for (just select the 'Wrench Opening' size at the top of the column on the Left, above the 'Ger Data' button, which you select after selecting a wrench size):

http://icrank.com/cgi-bin/pageman/pageout.cgi?path...

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: Hand tool clearance checks

Not sure what modeler you're planning to use but something like this would normally be set up via a family table IME.

RE: Hand tool clearance checks

We've found that wrench and socket dimensions (od's) can vary depending on manufacturer and (presumably) quality of steel used for the tool. I usually perambulate the shop and check some dimensions of the tools of interest when necessary. Oh, and McMaster Carr and other websites usually have pretty good drawings/details noted for tools, i.e. you can read the o.d. dimensions of their sockets on the web page.

RE: Hand tool clearance checks

Machinery's Handbook has some tables of wrench clearance for types other than sockets, ( open end, and box wrench ) plus situations like corner clearance and room to actually swing a wrench. Sometimes that is quite important, and sometimes folks get it quite wrong, too.

RE: Hand tool clearance checks

Hello

the Alvin Screw data chart has saved me a bunch of time over the years. It also has a wrench clr data section.

I will bet many have not heard of ALVIN drafting supplies. Maybe they are gone.

RE: Hand tool clearance checks

"I will bet many have not heard of ALVIN drafting supplies. Maybe they are gone."

It appears that they are still in business:

https://www.alvinco.com/

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: Hand tool clearance checks

I've still got some of my old drafting stuff, and it's a pretty eclectic collection. I've got an Alvin Protractor, a couple of Helix French Curves, some Staedtler Triangles, a Dietzgen Drafting Set and a few Pickett Templates. I still have my Drawing Pencil Sharpener and a few Eraser Shields. And if I look hard enough I think I've still got a T-Square around here somewhere. I also have my old Bruning Drafting Machine, with a set of 12" and 18" Scales, out on a shelf in my garage:



Back in 1975, my company replaced the old machines with new ones, as well as new Drafting Stools:



They let us buy our old machines for $10 and our old Drafting Stools for $5, which I still use at my workbench on the garage. Two years later, they started to install CAD/CAM systems and I never used my drawing board again, except to review and mark-up prints. In fact, one day I came to work and noticed that my Drafting Machine was gone. It seems someone else's broke and my boss said that since I never used mine anymore they could take it.

Oh, and I've still got my Pickett Slide Rule.

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: Hand tool clearance checks


Hello

Maybe you (J Baker) can add that to your Museum.

I did use a slide rule for about 1 year in college, but then the calculators came out. $430$ each for the HP I Bought back then


This is what I have left. Pretty beat up but I still use it.

Used the board for about 2 1/2 years at Pratt and Whitney. Along with revising those brown sepia sheets with the white out.They bought a bunch of CAD stations, so I was able to learn on some of thier time.


RE: Hand tool clearance checks

Yea, I have a bunch of those 'slide charts' somewhere around here as well.

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: Hand tool clearance checks

Note the slide chart appears to have different clearances for open end, and box wrenches.
I believe that is along the lines of what appears in Machinery's Handbook .

RE: Hand tool clearance checks

(OP)
Thanks for all the ideas. The icrank site basically solves most of what i was trying to do. I'd still like to have the models for making graphics and such but that's a luxury I suppose.

RE: Hand tool clearance checks

I once had a cad guy take my standard bolt blocks and make them into dynamic blocks that had all that info and more. I don't have the files anymore but it can be done.

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