Quick-release connector

  • US 5,347,693 A
  • Filed: 01/04/1993
  • Issued: 09/20/1994
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/07/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. Apparatus for detachably interconnecting two objects including, in combination:

  • a female structure adapted to be secured to one of the objects and defining a receptacle and an entrance leading into the receptacle, a male structure adapted to be secured to the other object and including a shank with an axis and an enlarged head on said shank adapted for movement into and out of said receptacle through said entrance and rotatable about said axis while in said receptacle, and a flexible resilient retaining member integral with said female structure and laterally offset to one side of the entrance in a first direction and normally disposed in a locking position projecting into said entrance in a second direction substantially normal to said first direction for interference with passage of said head therethrough, said retaining member being yieldably movable to a release position accommodating passage of said head through said entrance, said head being laterally truncated at one side of said axis so that while passing through said entrance in one rotational orientation thereof said head will clear said retaining member in its locking position and in all other rotational orientations it will engage said retaining member in its locking position, said retaining member being yieldably movable to its release position in response to engagement by said head during passage thereof into said receptacle and receptacle and being non-yieldably engageable by said head in said receptacle to prevent removal thereof from said receptacle in all but said one rotational orientation.

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