ROTARY CUTTER SAFETY INSERT

Abstract:

A rotary cutter insert can include a body configured to cover a first portion of a surface of a rotary blade. Further, the body of the rotary cutter insert can have an angled cutout configured to expose a second portion of the surface of the rotary blade so a rotary cutter can be used while the rotary cutter insert is in place. The rotary cutter insert reduces the area of exposed rotary blade that could potentially injure a user, thus making the rotary cutter significantly safer.


Publication Number: US20190240853

Publication Date: 2019-08-08

Application Number: 15890149

Applicant Date: 2018-02-06

International Class:

    B26B 21/18

    D06H 7/00

    B26B 29/02

    B26B 25/00

Inventors: Bennett Alan Mortensen

Inventors Address: Cedaredge,CO,US

Applicators: Mortensen

Applicators Address: nnett Alan

Assignee:


Claims:

1. A rotary cutter insert comprising:a body configured to cover a first portion of a surface of a rotary blade, wherein the body has an angled cutout configured to expose a second portion of the surface of the rotary blade.

2. The rotary cutter insert of claim 1, further comprising a central hole configured to enable a reversible attachment of the rotary cutter insert to a rotary cutter.

3. The rotary cutter insert of claim 2, wherein the central hole is circular.

4. The rotary cutter insert of claim 2, wherein the central hole is semi-circular.

5. The rotary cutter insert of claim 1, further comprising a stabilizing mechanism configured to secure the rotary cutter insert to the rotary cutter.

6. The rotary cutter insert of claim 5, wherein the stabilizing mechanism comprises attachment arms.

7. The rotary cutter insert of claim 5, wherein the stabilizing mechanism comprises a stabilizing notch.

8. The rotary cutter insert of claim 1, wherein the rotary cutter insert is made of acrylic.

9. The rotary cutter insert of claim 1, wherein the rotary cutter insert is made of thermoplastic.

10. The rotary cutter insert of claim 1, wherein the body of the rotary cutter insert is configured to cover a 28 mm rotary blade.

11. The rotary cutter insert of claim 1, wherein the body of the rotary cutter insert is configured to cover a 45 mm rotary blade.

12. The rotary cutter insert of claim 1, wherein the body of the rotary cutter insert is configured to cover a 60 mm rotary blade.

13. The rotary cutter insert of claim 1, wherein the width of the body of the rotary cutter insert is within the range of th to 5 mm.

14. The rotary cutter insert of claim 1, wherein the length of the body of the rotary cutter insert is within the range of 10 to 100 mm.

15. A rotary cutter insert comprising:a circular body configured to cover a first portion of a surface of a rotary blade, wherein the circular body has an angled cutout configured to expose a second portion of the surface of the rotary blade; anda central hole configured to enable an attachment of the rotary cutter insert to a rotary cutter, wherein the rotary cutter insert is configured to reversibly attach to the rotary cutter between a rotary cutter body and the rotary blade.

16. A method for assembling a rotary cutter comprising:providing a rotary cutter insert comprising a body configured to cover a first portion of a surface of a rotary blade, wherein the body has an angled cutout configured to expose a second portion of the surface of the rotary blade; andreversibly securing the rotary cutter insert and the rotary blade to a rotary cutter.

17. The method of claim 16, wherein the rotary cutter insert is reversibly secured between the rotary blade and the rotary cutter.

18. The method of claim 16, wherein the rotary cutter insert further comprises a central hole configured to enable the rotary cutter insert to be reversibly secured to the a rotary cutter.

19. The method of claim 16, wherein the rotary cutter insert further comprises a stabilizing mechanism configured to secure the rotary cutter insert to the rotary cutter.

20. The method of claim 16, wherein a blade guard is reversibly secured to the rotary cutter.

Descriptions:

BACKGROUND

Sewing and crafting enthusiast often employ the use of rotary cutters to cut textiles and similar materials. Unfortunately, the circular rotary blades can be dangerous for users. Manufacturers of rotary cutters often include a sliding blade guard that covers the blade while the rotary cutter is not in use. However, sliding blade guards are generally not designed to cover the blade while rotary cutter is in use, and therefore the blade can still present a risk of injury to users while they use the rotary cutter. Accordingly, there are problems in the art that can be addressed with respect to rotary cutter safety.

BRIEF SUMMARY

Embodiments of the present disclosure solve one or more problems in the art with an insert configured to protect a user from the blade of a rotary cutter. In particular, in at least one embodiment, the insert includes a body configured to cover a first portion of a surface of the rotary blade. Further, the body of the insert can have an angled cutout configured to expose a second portion of the surface of the rotary blade so the rotary cutter can be used while the insert is in place. The insert reduces the area of exposed blade that could potentially injure a user, thus making the rotary cutter significantly safer.

Additional features and advantages of exemplary implementations of the disclosure will be set forth in the description which follows, and in part will be obvious from the description, or may be learned by the practice of such exemplary implementations. The features and advantages of such implementations may be realized and obtained by means of the instruments and combinations particularly pointed out in the appended claims. These and other features will become more fully apparent from the following description and appended claims, or may be learned by the practice of such exemplary implementations as set forth hereinafter.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGSIn order to describe the manner in which the above-recited and other advantages and features of the disclosure can be obtained, a more particular description of the disclosure briefly described above will be rendered by reference to specific embodiments thereof which are illustrated in the appended drawings. Understanding that these drawings depict only typical embodiments of the disclosure and are not therefore to be considered to be limiting of its scope, the disclosure will be described and explained with additional specificity and detail through the use of the accompanying drawings in which:FIG. 1A illustrates a first side perspective view of an exemplary rotary cutter with a rotary cutter insert installed;FIG. 1B illustrates a second side perspective view of the exemplary rotary cutter shown in FIG. 1A;FIG. 2A illustrates a first side perspective view of an exemplary rotary cutter with a rotary cutter insert installed;FIG. 2B illustrates a second side perspective view of the exemplary rotary cutter shown in FIG. 2A;FIG. 3 shows a front exploded view of an exemplary rotary cutter with a rotary cutter insert installed;FIG. 4A illustrates a side perspective view of an exemplary rotary cutter insert;FIG. 4B illustrates a bottom perspective view of the exemplary rotary cutter insert shown in FIG. 4A;FIG. 5A illustrates a side perspective view of an exemplary rotary cutter insert;FIG. 5B illustrates a bottom perspective view of the exemplary rotary cutter insert shown in FIG. 5A;FIG. 6A illustrates a first side perspective view of an exemplary rotary cutter insert;FIG. 6B illustrates a second side perspective view of the exemplary rotary cutter insert shown in FIG. 6A; andFIG. 6C illustrates a back-perspective view of the exemplary rotary cutter insert shown in FIGS. 6A and 6B.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The present disclosure extends to an insert configured to cover the blade of a rotary cutter. In particular, the insert covers the surface of the rotary blade except for an angled cutout that is designed allow the user to use the rotary cutter while the insert is in place. The insert reduces the area of exposed blade that could potentially injure a user, thus making the rotary cutter significantly safer.

In addition, the rotary cover insert is easy to install on a rotary cutter. Rotary cutters generally have replaceable blades, and are therefore made to dissemble easily so users can replace old or worn blades. The user can install the insert by disassembling the rotary cutter as if the user was replacing the blade, and simply placing the insert between the blade and the rotary cutter body before reassembling the rotary cutter. Further, unlike sliding or rotating blade guards, the present disclosure does not need to be moved before using the rotary cutter.

FIGS. 1A and 1B show an exemplary rotary cutter 100 a with a rotary cutter insert 110 a installed. As shown, the rotary cutter 100 a includes a rotary body 120 a with a proximal end 130 a and a distal end 140 a . FIG. 1A further shows that the distal end of the rotary body 140 a includes a rotary blade 150 a positioned lateral to the rotary cutter insert 110 a , and an attachment mechanism 160 a that secures the rotary cutter insert 110 a and the rotary blade 150 a to the distal end of the rotary body 140 a of the rotary cutter 100 a . The rotary cutter 100 a can also include a lever 170 a , which when engaged, causes the attachment mechanism 160 a , rotary cutter insert 110 a , and rotary blade 150 a to slide into a position where rotary blade 150 a can be used.

FIG. 1B shows the opposing side of the rotary cutter 100 a shown in FIG. 1A. As shown, on the opposing side, the distal end of the rotary body 140 a includes fastening mechanism 180 a that engages with the attachment mechanism 160 a to secure the rotary cutter insert 110 a and rotary blade 150 a to the rotary cutter 100 a . FIG. 1B also shows the sliding plane 190 a along which the fastening mechanism 180 a , the attachment mechanism 160 a , rotary cutter insert 110 a , and the rotary blade 150 a slide when the lever 170 a is engaged.

FIGS. 2A and 2B show an alternative exemplary rotary cutter 100 b with a rotary cutter insert 110 b installed. Like the rotary cutter 100 a shown in FIGS. 1A-1B, the rotary cutter 100 b includes a rotary body 120 b with a proximal end 130 b and a distal end 140 b . The distal end of the rotary body 140 b further comprises a rotary blade 150 b on the lateral side of the rotary cutter insert, and an attachment mechanism 160 b to secure the rotary cutter insert 110 b and rotary blade 150 b to the rotary cutter 100 b . The attachment mechanism can also secure a blade guard 200 on the lateral side of the rotary blade 150 b to the rotary cutter 100 b . The rotary cutter 100 b also includes a 170 b that when engaged, causes the attachment mechanism 160 b , rotary cutter insert 110 b , rotary blade 150 a , and blade guard 200 to slide into a position where rotary blade 150 b can be used.

FIG. 2B shows the opposing side of the rotary cutter 100 b shown in FIG. 2A. As shown, on the opposing side, the distal end of the rotary body 140 b includes fastening mechanism 180 b that engages with the attachment mechanism 160 b to secure the rotary cutter insert 110 b , rotary blade 150 b , and blade guard 200 to the rotary cutter 100 a . FIG. 2B also shows the sliding plane 190 b along which the fastening mechanism 180 b , the attachment mechanism 160 b , rotary cutter insert 110 b , the rotary blade 150 b , and blade guard 200 slide when the lever 170 a is engaged.

FIGS. 1A and 2A show how the rotary cutter insert 110 surrounds all but a portion of the rotary blade 150. When the lever 170 is engaged, and the rotary blade 150 slides into a position where it can be used (e.g. outside the perimeter of the distal end of the rotary body 140), the rotary cutter insert 110 continues to cover all but a portion of the rotary blade 150. Even when the rotary blade 150 is in a position where it can be used, the rotary cutter insert 110 covers all but the portion of the rotary blade 150 necessary to cut. The reduced exposed blade area of the rotary blade 150 makes the rotary cutter 100 safer to use.

FIG. 3 shows an exploded view of exemplary rotary cutter 100 c . As shown, the manufacturer or user can put the rotary cutter insert 110 c between the rotary body 120 c and the rotary blade 150 c . The rotary cutter insert 110 c and rotary blade 150 c can be secured to the rotary body 120 c using the attachment mechanism 160 c and the fastening mechanism 180 c . Although FIG. 3 shows the rotary cutter insert 110 c between the rotary body 120 c and rotary blade 150 c , the present disclosure is not so limited. In at least one implementation, the rotary cutter insert 110 c is positioned on the lateral side of the rotary blade 150 c.

The rotary cutters 100 in FIGS. 1A-3 are not limited to the, size, shape, configurement, etc. shown in FIGS. 1A-3. Not all the features shown in FIGS. 1A-3 must be present. For example, the rotary cutter may not have a lever 170. There may also be additional features included on the rotary cutters 100 that are not shown in the Figures. Further, although FIGS. 1A-3 show the rotary cutter inserts 110 and rotary blades 150 on the right side of the rotary body 120 from the user's perspective, one skilled in the art will appreciate that the present disclosure is not so limited. The rotary cutter insert 110 and rotary blade 150 can be on the right or left side of the rotary body 120.

FIGS. 4A and 4B show an exemplary rotary cutter insert 110 a similar to that shown in FIGS. 1A and 1B. As shown, the rotary cutter insert 110 a includes a body 400, an angled cutout 410, a central hole 420, and a stabilizing notch 430. The body 400 has an angled cutout 410 configured to expose only the portion of the rotary blade needed to cut. The rotary cutter insert 110 a includes a central hole 420 that allows the manufacturer or user to attach the insert 110 a to the rotary cutter. The stabilizing notch 430 is designed to stabilize the insert 110 a when the insert 110 a is attached to the rotary cutter.

FIGS. 5A and 5B show an exemplary rotary cutter insert 110 b similar to the rotary cutter insert 110 b shown in FIGS. 2A and 2B. The rotary cutter insert 110 b includes a body 400, an angled cutout 410, and a central hole 420. Like the body 400 shown in FIGS. 4A and 4B, the body 400 in FIGS. 5A and 5B have an angled cutout 410 configured to expose only the portion of the rotary blade needed to cut. The central hole 420 is configured to allow the manufacturer or user to attach the rotary cutter insert 110 b to the rotary cutter.

FIGS. 6A-6C show an exemplary rotary cutter insert 110 c similar to that shown in FIG. 3. As shown, the rotary cutter insert 110 c can include a body 400, an angled cutout 410, a central hole 420, and attachment arms 600. As shown, the body 400 has an angled cutout 410 configured to expose only the portion of the rotary blade needed to cut. The insert 110 c includes a central hole 420 that allows the manufacturer or user to attach the insert 110 c to the rotary cutter. The attachment arms 600 stabilize the insert 110 c when the insert 110 c is attached to the rotary cutter. The shape and size of the attachment arms 600 are not limited to those shown in FIGS. 6A-6C.

One skilled in the art will appreciate that the rotary cutter insert 110 may be manufactured out of any suitable plastic, metal, or organic material. In at least one implementation, the rotary cutter insert 110 is made of acrylic. In alternative embodiments, the rotary cutter insert 110 is made of polycarbonate, polyvinylchloride, polyamid, cellulosic, styrene, polyethylene, or any other thermoplastic.

Further, one skilled in the art will appreciate that bodies 400 are not limited to the size and circular shape shown in FIGS. 4A-6C. In at least some embodiments, the width of the body 400 is within the range of th to 5 mm. The manufacturer can size the body 400 to cover a 28 mm, 45 mm, or 60 mm rotary blade. In at least one additional or alternative implementation, the length of the body 400 is within the range of 10 to 100 mm.

The size of the central hole 420 is also not limited to that shown in FIGS. 4A-6C. The diameter of the central hole 420 may vary depending on the securing means used to attach the rotary blade and the rotary cutter insert 110 to the rotary cutter. FIGS. 4A-4B and 6A-6C show a circular central hole 420, while FIGS. 5A-5B show a semi-circular central hole 420. The shape of the central hole 420 may be any shape suitable to allow the attachment of the rotary cutter insert 110 to the rotary cutter. Further, in at least one alternative embodiment, the rotary cutter insert 110 does not have a central hole 420. The manufacturer or user can use any means that allows the attachment of the rotary cutter insert 110 to the rotary cutter. One skilled in the art will further appreciate that the angle of the angled cutout 410 is not limited to that shown in FIGS. 4A-6C.

The present disclosure may be embodied in other specific forms without departing from its spirit or essential characteristics. The described embodiments are to be considered in all respects only as illustrative and not restrictive. The scope of the disclosure is, therefore, indicated by the appended claims rather than by the foregoing description. All changes that come within the meaning and range of equivalency of the claims are to be embraced within their scope.