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Publication numberUS2455348 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 7, 1948
Filing dateAug 25, 1945
Priority dateAug 25, 1945
Publication numberUS 2455348 A, US 2455348A, US-A-2455348, US2455348 A, US2455348A
InventorsBarstow Carl A
Original AssigneeArgus Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Process of making sparking wheels
US 2455348 A
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Dec. 7, 1948* c, -row 2,455,348

PROCESS OF MAKING SPARKING WHEELS Filed Aug. 25, 1945 2 Sheets-Sheet l Fig-3.

Inventor: Carl A. Bar-stow.-

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PROCESS OF MAKING SPARKING WHEELS Filed Aug. 25, 1945 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 5I i'1ventor-: Car-l A. Bar-stow.

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Carl A. BarstomAnoka, Minnnassignonby mesne assignments, to Argus, Incorporated, Ann Arbor, Mich, a corporation of'Mi'chigan Application August 25, 1945; Serial No. 612,639:

4 Claims.

1 This invention relates to, abrasive surfaces for use in connection with pyrophoric materials to produce a spark for ignition purposes. A primary purpose of the invention is to provide an improved spark wheel for pocket lighters-and to pro vide an improved method of making such spark wheels. More particularly it is an-object of the invention toprovide a method of making. spark Wheels and surfaces and the resultant product, wherein the spark wheel or surface has a plurality of burred-edged teeth on its operative surface.

Other and further objects of the invention are those inherent in the apparatus herein illustrated, describedand claimed.

The invention is illustrated with reference to the drawings in which Figure 1 is an enlarged side elevational view of the improved spark wheel device made. in accordance with the. present invention;

Figure 2. is an enlarged front elevational view corresponding to the spark wheel shown. in

m.etric view showing a portion of the spark producing rim of the spark wheel shown. in Figure 2; g I

Figure 5 is a side elevational view of the spark wheel made in. accordancewith the. present invention showing an actual size device;

Figure 6 is an enlarged side elevational view of. the spark wheel blank during the process of manufacture;

Figure 7 is a much enlarged fragmentary isometric View, partly in section, of the spark wheel blank during the process of manufacture;

Figure 8 is an enlarged fragmentary view-of a screw machine showing the stock used in making spark wheels being grooveddrilled and preparatory to the cutting off operation;

Figure 9 is an; enlarged fragmentary view showing the groove-cutting and cutofi tools;

Figure 1.0 is an enlarged cross sectional, view of the cutting operation. showing the breachin die and punch about to begin the breachingoperation;

Figure 11 is a view corresponding to that shown in. Figure 10 and illustrating the spark wheel after having been pushed. through the breaching die and as it is about. to-be ejected;

. Figure. 12. is an enlarged plan view, partly in section, of the broachingdie used in, Figure 1.0

I and Figure 13 is. an enlargedplan. view, partlyv in sectionyshowing the loroaching diewithtthe spark wheel blanktherein during the breaching opera.- tion. 1

Throughout the. drawings. corresponding. nu;- merals refer to corresponding parts.

Referring to. the drawingsin the manufacture ofabrading devices used with pyrophoricmaterial it. has heretofore been customary to provide afilelike surface or a surface which. is provided with a. plurality of parallel, sharp, cleanly cut, cutting teeth of chiselr-like configuration. I have dis.- covered that a sharpfile-like cutting surface. does not roduce satisfactory results underall. circumstances and is likely to become loaded with the residue of the pyrophoric materialythus prevent.- ing adequate production of. sparks for ignition purposes. Inmaking, spark wheelsfor anysparking device in accordance. with the present invention, a piece of round stock generally designated H! is placed in a screw machine which. is shown in Figure 8. The stock. is held by means. of a chuck. H which is rotated" in the direction of, the arrow [2. Adjacent the rotating stock there are positioned a drill and chamfer to generally desigby means of a grooving tool generally designated 20 which is mounted upon a slide 2*! that is movable in the direction of arrow 22 from the position shown in Figure-8 to the position shown in Figure 9 in which the cutting edges 24 of the teethare shown as they begin to engagethe-surface ofthe rotating stock land begin tocut into=the-sur face a plurality of grooves illustrated by the bracket 25 in Figures '1 and- 8. It will be understood that as the grooves are cutthe tool 20 is moved. further towards the-stock'in the-direction of arrow 26 until grooves ofspecified depth, are cut into the stock.

Referring to Figure? itwili lee observed thatthe grooves are generally of the acme thread type having slanting sides 21 and 2:8 and a top flat surface or land 29: The exact .angularityfiofthe slope of the. sides 2.1 and 28zisnot important; nor is the exact widthof the. land 29 important, but this general shapeis. preferredso as-to provide amaxi mum amount of edge surface of the toctnsince .die35. 'tend to roll-in burrs at each leading corner 48A and along the edges 48B of the land 48.

some extent a-burr is dragged out at corners.

' cut.

this assists in the sparking ability of wheel ultimately produced, as hereinafter explained.

After the grooves have been cut, as illustrated in Figure 8, a cutting off tool generally designated 30, Figure 8, is moved toward the work in the direction of arrow 3i untl it reaches the depth of the drillho le l5 whereupon the then cutoff wheel blank drops and the operationis repeated'on the next succeeding unit;

The resultant grooved wheel blank 32, which is illustrated in Figure 6, is then sent through an external broach or die generally designated 35 illustrated in Figures 10, 11, 12 and 13, thus making the finished spark wheel 33. The die block has an aperture 36 which is slightly larger than the maximum diameter of the grooved wheel blank so as to provide a slight clearance at 31 to the depth 38. teeth 39 having the configuration shown in Figure 12. The teeth are angularly shaped, much like internal saw teeth, and they extend throughout the depth of the die from the level 38 to the bottom 40. The teeth, as illustrated inthe enlarged view, Figure 12, have one side 39A which is approximately along a radius running through the axis of the die, the opposite side of the tooth being slanted off, as indicated at 393. The angles of these slants are not critical. maximum diameter 45 of the die teeth is slightly greater than the maximum diameter 40 of the "grooved blank (see Figures 3, 12 and 13), and the The minimum diameter 46 of the die teeth is .approximately equal to the diameter 4| of the base of the grooves in the grooved blank (see Figure 3). Accordingly, when the grooved blank 32 shown atB in Figure is forced through the 'die bymeans of the plunger P, theteeth 39 cut 'or scrape a plurality of tooth cuts lengthwise 'of the cylindrical blank, these cuts being across, the'successive lands between the grooves in the "blank. Due to thefact that the diameter 45 of the die is more than the maximum diameter 40 of the blank, it follows that there is a slight area or land 48 Figure 4,. at thetip of each tooth, which is left after the action of the teeth in the In the operation of the die 35 the teeth 480. As a result, when the wheel is viewed under a magnifying glass of 2 to 5 power, the lands 48 appear to be somewhat dished inwardly due to the piled-up burrs along the sides and to some -extent at the corners of most of the edges of the land 48.

I have discovered that these piled-up edges or burrs, as they may be designated, are of an advantage as hereinafter described.

Furthermore, the cutting edges of the teeth 39A and 393 in cutting across the grooved blank drag out burrs at the trailing edges 50 of the When the die teeth are sharp the leading edges 5| are cleanly cut, but when the dies are slightly dull there is some deformation here also. These burrs and edges are of a distinct advantage in producing sparks, as hereinafter described. I have discovered that it is of no particular advantage to haveparticularly sharp teeth in the die I 35 because it is desired to produce a deformation hardening may be used." The hardness is carried Below the depth 38 there are a plurality of 4 out to a depth of .010 to .015 inch and the hardness is usually 66 to 68 on the Rockwell C scale.

In use the spark wheel has the burrs around most or all of the edges of lands 48 (at the tips of the teeth) and also on the leading and trailing edges of the teeth (i. e. at 50 and 5| and 50 and St), the burrs being more pronounced on the edgesof the teeth which are on the trailing side of the out rather than on the leading side of the out. It is to be pointed out that the cutting teeth 39 do not strike the slanting sides 21 and 28 of the grooves evenly and hence tend to burr up the material even on the leading side of the cut as the cut proceeds. In the sparking operation these burrs are of distinct advantage because they produce innumerable irregularities which assist in the abrading and hence sparking ranged around the inside of the cylindrical opening of the die, the maximum cutting diameter action. Furthermore, the configuration of the tooth presents a much greater length of abrading edges for a given area of contact of spark wheel withthe flint or other pyrophoric material, than has heretofore been possible with the usual design of spark wheels. I have discovered that in use the wheels clean themselves well anddo not tend to retain the abraded pyrophoric material. Furthermore, during use the burrs tend to break off at irregular intervals throughout the life of the device and thus present new abrading surfaces which maintain the sparking function much longer than inspark wheels of customary design.

The teeth of the spark wheel, illustrated much enlarged in Figure 4, are in the form of pyramids or cones of square cross section, which are truncated at the top or tip end and have an oblique base along the line 53 so that thepyramids or cones are in effect tipped in the forward direction in which the wheel is rotated during use.

In producing a flat abrading surface for use in hand lighters, or any sparking device, a flat blank is used and one surface of it is grooved by means of a die or shaper tool so that it has grooves on it of the shape shown in Figure "7.

The blank is then turnedat an angle, preferably at right angles, and is then pushed through a second die having teeth such as teeth 39 arranged in a flat plane so as to cut transversely to be understood that I do not limit myself to the specific embodiments h'erein except as defined by the appended claims.

What I claim is: I

1. In the making of spark wheels; the improved steps comprising turnin a short cylinder having a plurality of circumferentialridges on its surface, then forcing the cylinder in an axial direction through a die having a cylindrical opening on which there are internal cutting teeth arof said teeth being greater than the maximum diameter of the cylinder forced therethrough.

2. The process of making spark wheels which comprises turning a cylinder and grooving the outer cylindrical surface thereof with a plurality of parallel spaced grooves, the grooves being V- shaped and spaced apart so as to leave flat-topped ridges therebetween, drilling the cylinder and cutting it off so as to form a blank wheel, then forcing the Wheel blank through a die having a cylindrical opening with cutting teeth arranged therearound, said teeth being V-shaped and having a maximum cutting diameter that is more than the ridge diameter of the grooved wheel blanks.

3. The process of forming an abradant Wheel from a section of cylindrical metal stock which comprises the steps of first forming in the peripheral surface of said cylindrical section a plurality of side by side circumferential grooves and then axially forcing said grooved cylindrical stock section through a hollow die having a plurality of circumferentially spaced longitudinally extending internal cutting teeth to form intersecting generally longitudinal grooves in said surface and thereby provide a plurality of rows of individual abrading projections at said surface.

4. The making of spark wheels which comprises turning a cylinder having a plurality of spaced grooves circumferentially therearound with ridges therebetween, drilling a pivot hole through the cylinder and cutting it off, then forcing the grooved cylinder in an axial direction through a die having a cylindrical inner surface on which there are cutting teeth spaced evenly therearound, the maximum cutting diameter of said teeth being greater than the maximum diameter of the ridges on the cylinder, and then hardening the resultant wheels.

file of this patent:

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U.S. Classification76/115, 431/273, 76/24.1
International ClassificationB23P9/00, F23Q2/00, B23P9/02, F23Q2/46
Cooperative ClassificationF23Q2/46, B23P9/02
European ClassificationF23Q2/46, B23P9/02