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What is the term for diagonal bars which are making rectangular frame more rigid?

Braces. They come in a variety of shapes. K frames, X frames, eccentric frames, etc. . . . .
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What does the abbreviation "B.C." mean on a weld joint diagram?

I'm not aware of BC as standard English nomenclature for welding, but I have a guess for what they mean. The fact that there is a period after the B but not the C makes me wonder if something was cut ...
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What is this captive screw and barrel nut adjustment assembly called? Picture attached

I never quite found exactly what I'm looking for, but I did come close, so I'll post what I've got. If anyone ever does have a better answer, please post it and I'll accept that one as correct. The ...
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What is the opposite of "parallel" in engineering?

In general, we can distinguish four cases. Case: parallel --> If you take the curvature into account, the pillars cannot be treated as parallel. While I would guess that the error is pretty small on ...
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What is the opposite of "parallel" in engineering?

angled, divergent, splayed... I'd probably go with angled depending how I was phrasing the description.
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Phrase for describing a cable without a connector at the end

I think that 'bare end' gets the meaning across pretty well. Although in the context of a specification I would be tempted to spell out precisely that the cable is not supplied with a connector or ...
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What do I call this "cogwheel" that feeds tin cans to a specific position?

Looks like it may be called starwheel feeder or starwheel infeed - here's an excerpt from Design of Automatic Machinery:
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How is the table of a 3d printer called?

This is called a buildplate :)
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Looking for a common term for "non-circular pipe"

For structural purposes these are usually called Hollow Structural Sections (HSS). For non-structural purposes Mechanical Tubing is often used. In Europe the main body that deals with structural ...
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What is the etymology of "bridge cam gauge"?

See here http://www.newmantools.com/gauge/wghowto.htm#wg4 (gauge type WG-4) for how it is used. It works the same way as a cam. The rotating part (marked "undercut or reinforcement" in your second ...
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What would you call this mining vehicle? (Ural-20R, used in mining)

The machine is nothing like a longwall miner. Longwall mining machines are limited in how they operate. A wall of shields protects the face being cut while a shearing head runs along the face cutting ...
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Are there standard terms that correspond to the anatomical axes, planes, and directions?

This answer comes from my experience in mechanical engineering, a structural engineer might have a different perspective. It is difficult to come up with a standard set of terms for planes or axes in ...
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Looking for translation of "закладная втулка" (threaded bushing?)

This is called "threaded insert" in English. For more context, here are product page for threaded inserts for plastic: this and this. Both of are major manufacturers based in US. Additional ...
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Difference between lead screw and worm screw?

The lead screw and the worm (in a worm drive) seem similar in shape, but are different in what they interface with. A lead screw turns rotary motion into linear motion. A worm drive turns rotary ...
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What do we call these "transport frames made of wood" (обрешетки in Russian)

The English term for this is definitely crate.
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What do we call these corrugated board sleeves put upon cardboard boxes to provide additional strength?

I would use “cardboard sleeve”, and it would apply to both your examples.
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What is the term for diagonal bars which are making rectangular frame more rigid?

The generic term is Bracing. You will often find it further qualified as Cross Bracing, Diagonal Bracing or Triangular Bracing, depending on the whim of the person doing it.
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Difference between pressure suits and anti-g suits

A pressure suit is a protective suit worn by high-altitude pilots who may fly at altitudes where the air pressure is too low for an unprotected person to survive, even breathing pure oxygen at ...
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What's the term used for machine parts orientation naming on the sagittal plane and from inside the machine?

Whether or not there is "standard naming convention" is irrelevant, if your customers don't know about that standard. And unless you are supplying to people whose work involves anatomy, I doubt they ...
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Difference between Linkage, Kinematic chain, Mechanism, Mechanical element, Mechanical machine and their precise definitions

Here are some definitions for you, based on my experience with these terms: A linkage is a group of bodies (or links) connected together by joints. A kinematic chain is a subset of linkages, ...
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What is the opposite of "parallel" in engineering?

If you say two lines (towers) are parallel, you state a relationship between, and only between, the two lines. The relationship you are looking for is not just between the two lines. Therefore, there ...
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What would you call this mining vehicle? (Ural-20R, used in mining)

Generally speaking, I would say it looks like a "boring machine," but you might clarify that it's a "coal" boring machine or a "potash" boring machine. Specifically, it looks like some kind of a ...
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How do you call the intersection with barrier and you can always right turn?

In UK terminology, your separate turning lane would be called a "filter lane" ( see e.g. Collins dictionary definition). This definition doesn't mean that you can always turn in that lane, it means ...
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Phrase for describing a cable without a connector at the end

I'm guessing this is an electrical cable, not a mechanical cable. The "load cell" is the part that actually measures the load, and presumably the "weighing terminal" is the electronics that displays ...
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What is the correct term for long cuts in a floor joist?

In my experience, this is called a rip. I've seen it done a lot (on the top of a beam section) to accommodate flooring thicknesses/slopes. Your reference actually ...
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Translating the name of a type of beam from Russian to English

This is also considered a simply-supported beam. If you want to be more descriptive, you can call it a simply-supported beam with overhangs (the cantilevers beyond the main span). Basically, any beam ...
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What is the entirety of breadth of road called?

In the US this is commonly referred to as the Right-of-Way (property line to property line on either side of the roadway). Or, if the roadway right-of-way is wider than needed for construction, it may ...
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Meaning of "female eye" in a list of parts

"Eye" is very non specific, but I expect it to be an item with a female thread (like a nut). This could take any number of forms, however. I've illustrated two below, but more information from context ...
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What is the protective part of a staircase handrail called?

The first and last are called newel posts and the intermediate ones are called spindles. But whether these names apply to materials other than wood is a different question.
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Looking for translation of "закладная втулка" (threaded bushing?)

As they are going into blind holes, then threaded insert would be better.
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