From time-to-time I will design something new using SolidWorks CAD software that I now feel would have been very helpful to assist with projects in my past.
Several years ago, prior to designing items with CAD Software, I use to fabricate & weld a lot of heavy metal items. Some items weighed much more on one side than the other; thus, when lifting, they had a tendency to want to tip.
A ‘Load Leveler’ is connected with shackles to chains/cables between the lifting device (such as a crane) and the item one wishes to lift. It allows the person lifting to adjust the pivot point; thus, leveling or angling the items being lifted.
There are a lot of Load Leveling Lifting Attachments one can purchase; however, I wanted to design one that was easy for others to fabricate in their own shop using common materials. Also wanted it easy to move the extensions out on one side or the other by just the use of a few bolts.
At times it is helpful to lift an item and then be able to adjust that item in the air to tip it one way or the other to clear other parts. In addition, many parts need to be mounted at an angle and the center threaded unit allows for fine leveling adjustments.
In addition, many parts need to be mounted at an angle. The Center Threaded Adjustment Unit can be turned with a wrench or socket, allowing for very accurate adjustments to hold heavy parts at a specific angle while you connect the parts together by using mounting bolts, or welding the items together.
This Load-Leveling design can be manufactured using common materials in many different sizes depending on the length & weight of the items you are lifting.
I posted the Mechanical Drawings & CAD Files for this Load-Leveler design on GrabCAD.com ( http://grabcad.com/library/load-leveler ). As of the date of this blog post, the design files have been downloaded 605 times.