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Valves, seals, and latches

  1. May 31, 2010 #1
    Hello folks. I'm a physics major, but have recently become more interested in engineering. I've been playing around with emachineshop and SolidWorks and tinkering with designs, but I am finding that I have a pretty poor working knowledge of basic mechanisms - in particular, I am having trouble mating parts.

    So my question is: Is there a website, or database, or even a good book where I can browse such devices, preferably with short descriptions, pictures, or schematics? In particular, I am interested in mechanical mating devices like latches, valves, seals, and the like.

    If anyone could point me in the right direction, I would very much appreciate it! Thanks very much and happy engineering!
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  3. Jun 2, 2010 #2
    Simon from Big Blue Saw here. A good place to start is the McMaster-Carr website. They have a large variety of industrial products, and also have some technical data and even CAD models for the products they sell.

    You might also take a look at the catalog from a specialized supplier of the products you're looking for.
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