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What would the name of this cable support be called?

I am building a cart that looks like the following: I am trying to implement some cost savings, and was wondering if I could potentially replace that long horizontal frame in the center by with some ...
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What else can you call an acme fitting?

Selling products on Amazon, I've had a listing pulled over "trademark violation" for mentioning that an HVAC sets come with acme fittings and/or acme adapters. a) Is there any way that this ...
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What does the Pg annotation mean

While I am continuing my practice with the German drawings of the V2 rocket, I have come across the PG designation a couple of times on different drawings. I originally thought it was for diameter, ...
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How do engineers conceptualize "levels of analysis" (thermodynamic, fluid dynamical, mechanical, etc.)

In considering something like a jet engine, the thermodynamic analysis can be very mathematical and quite simple (e.g. one-dimensional flow). It's quite general and takes exactly the same mathematical ...
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What does the word rectiplanar mean?

I have seen uses of the word 'rectiplanar' in some older math books but Google-ing doesn't really give an answer to its meaning. I have found though the following patent application where this word is ...
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Correct term for "Cabin Window"?

Like the ones in a: cinema ticket selling point purge contention chamber (sci-fi) reception point of a public institution police control point (where one can attend someone else, behind a ...
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What is this sticky outy bit called?

We have a bit of wall sticking out of a flat wall ____ __________| |_______________ I have always called it the sticky outy bit of the wall and ...
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Screw/Bolt to mount PCB with spring

I hope these exist and someone can tell me what they're called. What I'm looking for is screws to mount a PCB where the top of the screw is normal, then there's a smooth length, then a nut with a ...
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How is the table of a 3d printer called?

There is this table, flatbed on the 3d printers. I need such a table which can move up and down, and I firmly believe there are such components on the market, but I can't find anything because I am ...
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Difference between pressure suits and anti-g suits

This question might come across as a newbie one but are pressure suits and anti-g suits are two names for the same thing? Google didn't turn up differences between them specifically (if there is any), ...
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What is the name of a half wall with posts on top that divides a space into two?

I am looking for specific terminology around a half wall that acts as a divider to split a space into two separate uses. The top half of this features a series of wooden posts. It essentially ...
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3D linkage design - terminology

I am designing an animatronic head, which has five degrees of freedom: pitch, roll and yaw for the head part, and pitch and yaw for the neck part. However, the yaw movements for the head and neck are ...
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Is there a term for this kind of eccentrically threaded fastener or washer that has wrench flats and curved faces

Is there a standard term for this fastener or for the kind of problem it is intended to address?
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What is a "typical" in the context of control engineering?

When talking about control systems I sometimes hear the term "typical", however I have no clear understanding what it is. It's also mentioned in some codes (so far without definition), here'...
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What is an "Optical Axis Rod"?

I'm in the process of designing a CNC/3d printer and I came across the term "Optical Axis rod" which seems to be the "standard" rod printers like Prusa use. But I can't find ...
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How do you name rods to fix several parallel metallical plates in mechanical devices?

In many mechanical devices, especial old ones, like clocks, the design is used, where two or more parallel planes fixed and all moving parts are placed in between. In this case planes are fixed with ...
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What is the term for diagonal bars which are making rectangular frame more rigid?

For example in yellow: if all bars were rectangular, the entige frame would tend to skew. To prevent this, these diagonal bars are mounted. What is the term for them?
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What is the name of this kind of through-hole fastener?

I've seen these before but I don't know what they're called. It's a two piece insert that creates a through-hole between them. I drew a picture to help identity it!
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What is really meant by HW/SW integration?

In many engineering descriptions I come across this term: "Hardware/Software integration" or "Hardware/Software integration testing" I came across couple of articles but they even ...
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What is a constricting actuator called?

I'm looking for search terms, I'd like to find something like an electric hose clamp - a high-force, low-power, low-speed, motorized constricting mechanism. I already googled some terms various ...
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What does the term “trial card” mean in the field of engineering? [closed]

I heard this term from a colleague, however I wasn’t sure what it really meant.
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What do we call these corrugated board sleeves put upon cardboard boxes to provide additional strength?

This kind of a sleeve from cardboard put upon a cardboard box is called обечайка (obechaika) in Russian. What do we call them in English? I was told on Proz.com that we call them "cardboard ...
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What do we call these "transport frames made of wood" (обрешетки in Russian)

I'm translating a document in which there is a mention of обрешетки used for preparing goods (medical equipment of large size) for shipment. This term derives from reshetka (решетка) - lattice, and ...
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Is there a term to describe a room only used to stop sound getting in?

an acoustic anechoic chamber has mainly 3 features stopping sound getting in; stopping sound getting out; reduce echoey. Is there a term to describe a room only used to stop sound getting in?
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Visualization/Verification software for interacting parts e.g. Gears etc

Not sure if there is any software that would model the movements of physical parts, or if even they can move with the given configurations ( software engineer background, no idea the lingo used here )....
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How do Test Indicator Flexible Holders hold rigidly when tightened?

If one were to search on Amazon for "Test Indicator Flexible Holders" you will turn up many items using this mechanism (please ignore the magnetic base; I'm not focusing on that part, just the red ...
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Difference between lead screw and worm screw?

I am confused whether a lead screw and a worm screw are the same exact thing. In my engineering workshop lab, they come up as separate things. For example, a worm screw is there in the indexing head ...
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What's the term for interchanging a frequently used machine with a seldomly used one?

I'm trying to find out the term used for the practice of interchanging/relocating/swapping 2 machines to compensate the wear and tear caused by the operation frequency differences between them. This ...
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Are dynamic frequency transmitters common? What's the terminology to use when searching for one?

Newbie question, moderately educated on RF but only the signal, not at all about the hardware. Looking to start experimenting on a concept that would require a dynamic shift over time from one ...
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Describing values as being 'assumptions' or 'assumed' - what is the correct approach in academic papers for civil engineering?

I am a language editor of academic papers in civil engineering (typically written in English by Poles). I frequently encounter the term 'assumption' being used to describe a value that is adopted ...
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Is the combination of blocks and lines in this old, very long telescope an implementation of some named structure or technique?

Below are two cropped views of "Johannes Hevelius's 8 inch telescope with an open work wood and wire "tube" that had a focal length of 150 feet to limit chromatic aberration." from Harvard University, ...
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What is this captive screw and barrel nut adjustment assembly called? Picture attached

I'm designing a precision adjustment bracket, and I'd like to have a component that allows the field tech to make small adjustments to push and pull on each axis of adjustment. I went looking to see ...
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How do I relate Grab Strength and Grab Tear to the real world?

I'm looking at a spec sheet for a high density polyethylene woven fabric and I'm seeing the following parameters on it Tensile Grab Strength: Warp 155 / Weft 170 - tested ASTM D-5034-09 Grab Tear:...
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Looking for translation of "закладная втулка" (threaded bushing?)

Sometimes we need a strong threaded joint in some part that is produced using molding. Say, this part itself is plastic. Then we design the part with a hole and insert there a.. "threaded bushing"? I ...
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Correct terminology for a zero turn stator winding on a BLDC?

I'm designing a BLDC motor with some unique geometry constraints (~250mm long, ~45mm diameter with a ~35mm bore down the center) and am considering using straight copper bars carrying high current ...
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What is the protective part of a staircase handrail called?

Below the handrail of a staircase is some kind of gridwork to prevent people or objects from falling off the staircase into the space below. What is the term for this gridwork? - perhaps "handrail ...
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Meaning of "female eye" in a list of parts

A fellow translator is translating a list of parts into Russian, and can't understand the meaning of "female eye". Here's the table: Maybe someone here could come up with some ideas about the ...
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What is the entirety of breadth of road called?

As roadway consists of a width of road on which a vehicle is not restricted by any physical barriers or separation to move laterally source, what is a similar term which encompasses the width of the ...
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Difference between a Part and a Detail

I'm not sure I'm in the right place for this, if not, Apologies. In my education material under Construction Steel, in its application it lists Masking Details. Under Tool Steel it list an ...
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What is the technical name for a water reservoir that retains its contents via vacuum and ambient air pressure?

This is a strange question for me because this is so extremely common, but I have never heard a name to describe exactly what it is. This is commonly used to provide water to animals from a trough or ...
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What do I call this shaft that drives the rubber stopper into the glass vial in a vial stoppering machine?

I'm translating a Russian text about a drug product manufacturing process. The text mentions briefly the vial stoppering machine, in which rubber stoppers are first fed into the hopper and then ...
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What type of supports exists for ballscrews or leadscews?

For Linear actuators, a common mechanism is to use ballscrews with ballnuts. The ballscrew is supported at the two sides by a set of bearings which permit the rotation of the screw while keeping the ...
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Terminology: Flexible protrusion for a latch

What is the name for a protrusion of material that's built to be flexible in order to act as a latching mechanism? These show up in all kinds of products, but one of the most recognizable is in a snap-...
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What do I call this "cogwheel" that feeds tin cans to a specific position?

This is an above view of a system in which tin cans arrive via conveyor (1) to a "feeding star" ("подающая звезда" in Russian; No. 5) and are placed firmly in slot 4. (source in ...
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Fluid-dynamics question: proper term

I am looking for the term used to describe a situation I've encountered. I'll use a standard hydraulic cartridge that you'd use to keep a door shut as an example, except this one can be locked out ...
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Are there standard terms that correspond to the anatomical axes, planes, and directions?

The field of human anatomy seems to have standardized on a number of useful terms to unambiguously describe the human body. For example the three planes and axes as well as various directions seem to ...
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What exactly is the sample period?

I thought the term sample period referred to the time interval between one measurement and another. But I've come across this article which says About every tenth of a second, a dataset, $S(i)$, of ...
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Two angular velocities on two segments connected by a hinge joint differ only by the joint angle velocity

I was reading this article called "Joint Axis and Position Estimation from Inertial Measurement Data by Exploiting Kinematic Constraints", but I'm not understanding one part, which doesn't let me ...
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Translating the name of a type of beam from Russian to English

I am trying to translate the name of a special kind of beam from a set of Russian-language drawings. The dictionary translates the name as simply supported beam, but it's not that simple. There is a ...
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What is the opposite of "parallel" in engineering?

The two towers of the Verrazano Bridge are not parallel: they are [???] to account for the curvature of the earth. What is that word?
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