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I'm trying to describe a part - it's an arm that holds an axle sleeve (which ultimately holds a wheel). I'm stuck right now describing it simply as a "wheel arm", but was wondering if there was some better, more engineering-appropriate term. I'd appreciate any feedback. Thanks![wheel arm?]1

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  • $\begingroup$ A shaft is one possible term, or axle shaft. $\endgroup$ – Solar Mike Oct 18 '18 at 20:50
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    $\begingroup$ Part naming, or non-naming is a big issue in mechanical engineering data management. See you can not reuse a part if you cant search for it. But then giving a name for every thingmabob is quite hard, especially if you assume group B would also guess to name it the same thing. $\endgroup$ – joojaa Oct 19 '18 at 20:11
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I’m thinking, based on what I see and what you describe, something like:

“Adjustable Axle Carrier (Arm)” (or Bracket)

It’s not too long of a name yet provides some detail while using some basic terms which represent its purpose. Limit the jargon unless it’s necessary or the context of the design or assembly warrants it.

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The circular rod? Could be something like;

  • Cantilever support arm/axle

  • Support arm

  • Wheel support arm/axle

Something along those lines would probably be descriptive enough, in my opinion.

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  • $\begingroup$ I think he's asking about the sheet metal part that hangs on the circular rod, and contains the axle sleeve. Looks like it's designed to slide front/rear on the rod, and the sleeve moves up/down in the mystery part, providing adjustment of the wheel position in 2 axes. This sort of thing is common on manual wheelchairs to help adjust the balance point. $\endgroup$ – Jonathan R Swift Oct 19 '18 at 13:35

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