The following is an example of various drawings and brief drawing descriptions associated with a medium-complexity mechanism. They are illustrative of how to show various views of a device (such as perspective, orthogonal, exploded, cross-section, enlarged, broken-away, etc.), and how to show the device in various states and levels of assembly, to more clearly convey aspects of the invention.

The full patent specification which accompanies this partial set of drawings may be viewed in U.S. Published Application No. 2010/0041945.


[0001] The novel features of the invention are set forth with particularity in the claims that follow. A better understanding of the features and advantages of the present invention will be obtained by reference to the following detailed description that sets forth illustrative embodiments, in which the principles of the invention are utilized, and the accompanying drawings which are briefly described below.

[0002] Figure 1A is an obliquely distal-looking perspective view showing an exemplary articulating device having a handle and an end effector.

[0003] Figure 1B is a detailed view of the circled portion of Fig. 1A, which includes proximal links and bushings.

[0004] Figure 2 shows the device of Figure 1 in a proximal-looking view, with the handle and end effector in an articulated position.

[0005] Figure 2B is a detailed view of the circled portion of Fig. 2A, which includes distal links and bushings.

[0006] Figure 24 is a perspective view showing an articulating tool having a third embodiment of an articulation lock.

[0007] Figure 25 is a perspective view showing the tool of Figure 24 in an articulated and locked position.

[0008] Figure 26 is an enlarged perspective view showing the proximal end of the tool of Figure 24 in a centered and locked position.

[0009] Figure 27 is an exploded view showing the proximal yoke of the tool of Figure 24.

[0010] Figure 28 is a top view showing the tool of Figure 24.

[0011] Figure 29 is a cross-sectional view of the tool of Figure 24 taken along line 29-29 in Figure 28.

[0012] Figure 30 is an exploded view showing the distal yoke of the tool of Figure 24.

[0013] Figure 31 is an exploded view showing the pin holder and operating levers of the tool of Figure 24.

[0014] Figure 32 is a broken away side view showing the articulation lock of the tool of Figure 24 in an unlocked state.

[0015] Figure 33 is a broken away side view showing the articulation lock of the tool of Figure 24 in a locked state.

[0016] Figure 34 is a top view showing the proximal end of the tool of Figure 24.

[0017] Figure 35 is a cross-sectional view of the tool of Figure 24 taken along line 35-35 in Figure 34 showing a second articulation lock in an unlocked state.

[0018] Figure 36 is a cross-sectional view of the tool of Figure 24 taken along line 35-35 in Figure 34 showing a second articulation lock in a locked state.

[0019] Figure 37 is a cross-sectional view of the tool of Figure 24 taken along line 37-37 in Figure 34 showing a first articulation lock in an unlocked state.

[0020] Figure 38 is a cross-sectional view of the tool of Figure 24 taken along line 37-37 in Figure 34 showing a first articulation lock in a locked state.

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