Clamp

  • US 5,733,061 A
  • Filed: 03/15/1996
  • Issued: 03/31/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/15/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A clamp for holding a first object and a second object in a temporary, fixed orientation with respect to one another, and for selectively enabling change in the orientation without release of either object, the clamp comprising:

  • clamping means having a body forming a holding pocket configured to receive a first object, and a shaft disposable to selectively extend into the holding pocket for holding the first object within the holding pocket when the shaft is extending sufficiently into the holding pocket so as to contact the first object;

    attachment means connected to the clamping means for engaging a second object and holding the second object to the first object, the attachment means including a slidable, rotatable shank extending outwardly from the body, the shank having a first end and a second end, the second end including coupling means configured for attachment to a second object such that rotation of the shank rotates the second object when the second end is attached to the object, the shank being slidable between a first position adjacent the clamping means and a second position wherein the shank extends outwardly, away from the clamping means, the second end of the shank being threaded for threaded engagement of the second object; and

    interface means disposed adjacent the shank for selectively preventing rotation of the second object when connected to the second end of the shank, the interface means being disposed to prevent rotation of the second object when the slidable shank is attached to the second object and disposed in the first position, while permitting rotation of the second object when the shank is disposed in the second position.

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