Integral Mechanical Attachment

1st Edition

A Resurgence of the Oldest Method of Joining

Authors: Robert Messler
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750679657
eBook ISBN: 9780080461410
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 5th June 2006
Page Count: 432
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Integral Mechanical Attachment, highlights on one of the world’s oldest technologies and makes it new again. Think of buttons and toggles updated to innovative snaps, hooks, and interlocking industrial parts. Mechanical fasteners have been around as long as mankind, but manufacturers of late have been re-discovering their quick, efficient and fail proof advantages when using them as interlocking individual components as compared with such traditional means of joining materials like welding, soldering, gluing and using nuts bolts, rivets and other similar devices.

For many years, it has been virtually impossible to find a single-source reference that provides an overview of the various categories of fastening systems and their various applications. Design engineers should find this book to be an invaluable source of detailed, illustrated information on how such fasteners work, and how they can save time and money. Students, too, will find this book to be extremely useful for courses in mechanical design, machine design, product development and other related areas where fastening and joining subjects are taught. This will be the first reference book to come along in many years that will fully illustrate the major classes of integral mechanical fasteners, replete with examples of typical assembly and ideas and suggestions for further research.

Key Features

  • Covers all major techniques for integral mechanical attachment within the context of other types of joining including chemical (adhesive) bonding, melting and solidification (welding, soldering, brazing), and mechanical joining (fasteners and part features)
  • Includes specific chapters for particular attachment considerations by materials type, including metals, plastics, ceramics, glass, wood, and masonry
  • Provides unique coverage of mechanical/electrical connections for reliable contact and use


Professional Engineers in Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering, and Civil Engineering, particularly those involved with designs for assembly of components and product manufacturing.
Manufacturing and Industrial Engineers who are interested in new forms of product design and assembly Manufacturers of traditional and non-traditional fasteners and joining systems; Plastics Engineers, Ceramics Engineers, Metallurgists, and general Materials Engineers Upper Undergraduate and First-year Graduate students in Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Materials Engineering

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction to Integral Mechanical Attachment 1.1 The Oldest Method of Joining: Using Natural Shapes and Forms 1.2 The Process Evolves: But Not Much! 1.3 Integral Attachment: A Form of Mechanical Joining 1.4 Integral Mechanical Attachment vs. Mechanical Fastening and Fasteners 1.5 Advantages of Integral Attachment 1.6 Potential Shortcomings of Integral Attachment 1.7 Summary

Chapter 2: Classification of Integral Mechanical Attachment 2.1 Why Classify Methods at All? 2.2 Integral Attachment’s Place within the Taxonomy of Joining Methods 2.3 A Classification Scheme for Integral Mechanical Attachments Based on Feature Character or Operation 2.4 An Alternative Classification Scheme Based on Method of Feature or Joint Creation 2.5 Rigid vs. Elastic Integral Attachment Methods 2.6 Forces and Motions Necessary to Assemble Rigid or Elastic Attachments 2.7 Plastic Attachment Methods 2.8 Attachment Methods vs. Materials: Is It That Simple? 2.9 Summary

Chapter 3: Rigid Integral Mechanical Attachments or Interlocks 3.1 How Rigid Interlocks Work 3.2 Sub-classification Schemes for Rigid Interlocks 3.3 Completely Rigid Interlocking Joint Elements 3.4 Integral Rigid Locking Features 3.5 Integral Rigid Attachment Features 3.6 Rigid Couplings and Connectors 3.7 Embedded Rigid Fasteners 3.8 Rigid Locating Features (Locators) for Elastic Snap-fit Assembly 3.9 Joint and Attachment Feature Permanency 3.10 Summary

Chapter 4: Elastic (Snap-fit) Integral Mech


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About the Author

Robert Messler

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA