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Title:
MULTI-PURPOSE TOOL SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/111435
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A multi-purpose tool system (100) includes a first tool (104) that is configured to perform a first function, a second tool (106) that is configured to perform a second function, a third tool (140) that is configured to perform a third function, and a fourth tool (142) that is configured to perform a fourth function. The tools couple together to form a single, unitary handheld housing (102). Each of the tools is configured to separate from the housing for individual use.

Inventors:
LEE JOEL R (US)
LEPPER MARK O (US)
Application Number:
PCT/US2017/060090
Publication Date:
June 21, 2018
Filing Date:
November 06, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS (US)
International Classes:
B25F1/02
Domestic Patent References:
WO2016005849A12016-01-14
Foreign References:
EP1170094A22002-01-09
CA2363769A12003-05-26
US9505111B22016-11-29
US7735806B22010-06-15
US20080127473A12008-06-05
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BUTSCHER, Joseph M. (US)
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Claims:
1. A multi-purpose tool system, comprising;

a first tool that is configured to perform a first function;

a second tool that is configured to perform a second function;

a third tool that is configured to perform a third function; and

a fourth tool that is configured to perform a fourth function,

wherein the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool couple together to form a single, unitary handheld housing, and

wherein the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool are configured to separate from the housing for individual use.

2. The multi-purpose tool system of claim 1, wherein the first tool provides a base of the housing, wherein the second tool removably secures to the first tool to provide a cover of the housing, wherein an internal retaining chamber is formed in the first tool, and wherein one or both of the third tool and the fourth tool is configured to be retained within the retaining chamber,

3. The multi-purpose tool system of claim 1 , wherein one of the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool comprises a grip tool.

4. The multi-purpose tool system of claim 3, wherein the grip tool comprises ramped prongs separated by a central groove, wherein the ramped prongs taper down to thin edges towards a distal end.

5. The multi-purpose tool system of claim 1, wherein one of the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool comprises a claw tool.

6. The multi-purpose tool system of claim 5, wherein the claw tool comprises two arcuate pry claws separated by a gap.

7. The multi-purpose tool system of claim 1, wherein one of the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool comprises a magnifying tool.

8. The multi-purpose tool system of claim 7, wherein the magnifying too! comprises a magnifying lens integrally connected to a support beam.

9. The multi-purpose tool system of claim 8, wherein the support beam comprises a plurality of gradations that are configured to be used for measurements.

10. The multi-purpose tool system of claim 1, wherein one of the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool comprises a pick tool

11. The multi-purpose tool system of claim 10, wherein the pick tool comprises an expanded end connected to a tip at an opposite end through inwardly angled or curved lateral walls, a top wall, and a bottom wall.

12. The multi-purpose tool system of claim 1, wherein one of the second tool, the third tool, or the fourth tool is configured to be retained within a reciprocal socket formed in a retaining chamber of the first tool,

13. The multi-purpose tool, system of claim. 1 , wherein a first pair of two of the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool removably couple together to form a first tool subassembly, wherein a second pair of the other two of the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool removably couple together to form a second tool subassembly, and wherein the first tool subassembly removably couples to the second tool subassembly.

14. The multi-purpose tool system of claim 1, wherein at least one of the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool comprises a plurality of holes that are configured to measure component diameters.

15. The multi-purpose tool system of claim 1, wherein at least two of the 'first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool are configured to separate from the housing and couple together to form a fifth tool that is configured to perform a fifth function.

16. The multi-purpose tool system of claim 15, wherein the fifth tool provides a support stand.

17. A multi-purpose tool system, comprising:

a first tool that is configured to perform a first function;

a second tool that is configured to perform a second function;

a third tool that is configured to perform a third function; and

a fourth tool that is configured to perform a fourth function,

wherein the first tool, the second tool, the third, tool, and the fourth tool couple together to form a single, unitary handheld housing,

wherein the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool are configured to separate from the housing for individual use,

wherein the first tool provides a base of the housing, wherein the second tool removably secures to the first tool to provide a cover of the housing,

wherein an internal retaining chamber is formed in the first tool,

wherein one or both of the third tool and the fourth tool is configured to be retained within the retaining chamber,

wherein one of the second tool and the third tool is configured to be retained within a reciprocal socket, formed in the retaining chamber of the first tool.

wherein at least two of the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool are configured to separate from the housing and couple together to form a fifth tool that is configured to perform a fifth function.

18. The multi-purpose tool system of claim 175 wherein the first tool comprises a grip tool that includes tool ramped prongs separated by a central groove, wherein the ramped prongs taper down to thin edges towards a distal end,

wherein the second tool comprises a. claw tool that includes two arcuate pry claws separated by a gap,

wherein the third tool comprises a magnifying tool that includes a magnifying lens integrall connected to a support beam, wherein the support beam includes a plurality of gradations that are configured to be used for measurements,

wherein the fourth tool comprises a. pick tool that includes an expanded end connected to a tip at an opposite end through inwardly angled or curved lateral wails, a top wall, and a bottom wall, and

wherein the fifth tool provides a support stand,

19. The multi-purpose tool system of claim 17, wherein a first pair of two of the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool removably couple together to form a. first tool subassembly,

wherein a second pair of the other two of the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool removably couple together to form a second tool subassembly, and

wherein the first tool subassembly removably couples to the second tool subassembly.

20. The multi-purpose tool system of claim 17, wherein at least one of the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool comprises a plurality of holes that are configured to measure component diameters.

Description:
[0001] This application relates to and claims priority benefits from U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 62/434,585, entitled "Multi-Purpose Tool System," filed December 15, 2016, which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety.

FIELD. OF EMBODIMENTS OF THE DISCLOSURE

|0002] Embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate to a multipurpose tool system.

BACKGROUND

[0003] Currently, plastic fastener removal tools are sold as single tools or multiples sets. As can be appreciated, the multiple tools are susceptible to being misplaced or lost. Further, the various tools of different shapes and sizes may be cumbersome to transport between different locations, Some tool sets include a specialized case that is used to organize the various tools. The case itself may be relatively large, bulky, and also cumbersome to transport between different locations.

[00041 United States Patent No. 9,505,1 1 1, United States Patent No. 7,735,806, and United States Published Application No. 2008/0127473 disclose tools.

SUMMARY OF EMBODIMENTS OF THE DISCLOSURE

[0005] A need exists for an efficient tool system that organizes and contains a plurality of tools within a single housing. A need exists for a versatile tool system that is compact and easy to transport.

[0006] With those needs in mind, certain embodiments of the present disclosure provide a multi-purpose tool system that includes a first tool that is configured to perform a tirst function, a second tool that is configured to perform a second function, a third tool that is configured to perform a third function, and a fourth tool that is configured to perform a fourth function. The tools couple together to form a single, unitary handheld housing, Further, tools are configured to separate from the housing for individual, use,

[0007| In at least one embodiment the first tool provides a base of the housing. The second tool removably secures to the second tool to provide a cover of the housing. An internal retaining chamber is formed in the first tool One or both of the third tool and the fourth tool is configured to be retained within the retaining chamber.

[0008] One of tools may include a grip tool (for example, a prying tool). The grip tool may include ramped prongs separated by a central groove. The ramped prongs taper down to thin edges towards a distal end,

[0009] One of the tools m y include a claw tool. The claw tool may include two arcuate pry claws separated by a gap,

[0010] One of the tools may include a magnifying tool. The magnifying tool may include a magnifying lens integrally connected to a support beam, in at least one embodiment, the support beam includes a plurality of gradations that are configured to be used for measurements.

[0011] One of the tools may include a pick tool. The pick tool may include an expanded end connected to a tip at an opposite end through inwardly angled or curved lateral walls, a top wall, and a bottom wall.

|0012] One of the second tool, the third tool, or the fourth tool may be configured to be retained within a reciprocal socket fomied in a retaining chamber of the first tool.

[0013] In at least one embodiment, a first pair of two of the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool removably couple together to form a first tool subassembly. A second pair of the other two of the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool removably couple together to form a second tool subassembly. The first tool subassembly removably couples to the second tool subassembly.

[0014] At least one of the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool may include a plurality of holes mat are configured to measure diameters of components (such as diametrical bosses or protruding cylinders),

[0015] In at least one embodiment, at least two of the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, and the fourth tool are configured to separate from the housing and couple together to form a fifth tool that is configured to perform a fifth function. In at least one embodiment, the fifth tool provides a support stand.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

[0016] Figure 1 illustrates a perspective top view of a multi-purpose tool system, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0017] Figure 2 illustrates a top view of a multi-purpose tool system, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0018] Figure 3 illustrates a perspective bottom view of a multi-purpose tool system, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0019] Figure 4 illustrates a bottom view of a multi-purpose tool system, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0Θ20] Figure 5 illustrates a lateral view of a multi-purpose tool system, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0021] Figure 6 illustrates a perspective top exploded view of a multi-purpose tool system, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0022] Figure 7 illustrates a perspective top view of a fourth tool separated from a first tool, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. [0023] Figure 8 illustrates a perspective top view of a fourth tool being inserted into a socket of a retaining chamber of a first tooi, according to an embodixnent of the present disclosure.

[0024] Figure 9 illustrates a perspective top view of a fourth tool secured within a socket of a retaining chamber of a first tool, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0025] Figure 10 illustrates a top view of a fourth tool secured within a socket of a retaining chamber of a first tool, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0026] Figure 1 1 illustrates a cross-sectional view of a fourth tool secured within a socket of a retaining chamber of a first tool through line 11-11 of Figure 10, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0027] Figure 12 illustrates a cross-sectional view of a fourth tool secured within a socket of a retaining chamber of a first tool through line 12-12 of Figure 10, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0028] Figure 13 illustrates a perspective bottom view of a third tool separated from a second tool, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0029J Figure 14 illustrates a perspective bottom view of a third tool being inserted into a central beam opening of a second tool, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[003Θ] Figure 15 illustrates a perspective bottom view of a third tool secured within a retaining cavity of a second tool, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[Θ031] Figure 16 illustrates a bottom view of a third tool secured within a retaining cavity of a second tool, according to an embodiment, of the present disclosure. [0032] Figure 17 illustrates a cross-sectional view of a third tool secured within a retaining cavity of a second tool through line 17-17 of Figure 16, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure,

[0033] Figure 18 illustrates a cross-sectional view of a third tool secured within a retaining cavity of a second tool through line 18-18 of Figure 16, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0034] Figure 1 illustrates a cross-sectional view of a protuberance securely coupling to a peripheral portion of a third tool, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0035] Figure 20 illustrates a perspective top view of a first tool subassembly separated from a second tool subassembly, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure,

[0036] Figure 21 illustrates a perspective top view of a second tool subassembly being inserted over a retaining chamber of a first tool of the first tool subassembly, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0037] Figure 22 illustrates a perspective top view of a second tool subassembly secured to the first tool subassembly, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0038] Figure 23 illustrates a top view of a second tool subassembly secured to the first tool subassembly, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0039] Figure 24 illustrates a cross-sectional view of a second tool subassembly secured over a retaining chamber of a first tool of a first tool subassembly through line 24-24 of Figure 23, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0040] Figure 25 illustrates a cross-sectional view of a second tool subassembly secured over a retaining chamber of a first tool of a first tool subassembly through line 25-25 of Figure 23, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. [0041] Figure 26 illustrates a lateral view of a first tool removing a fastener from a panel, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0042] Figure 27 illustrates a perspective view of a second tool removing a fastener from a panel, according to an embodiment of the present disclosui'e.

[0043] Figure 28 illustrates a third tool being inserted into a hole of a panel, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0044] Figure 29 illustrates a front view of a third tool, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure,

[0045] Figure 30 illustrates a lateral view of a third tool, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure,

[0046] Figure 31 illustrates a cro s-sectional view of a magnifying lens of a third tool through line 31-31 of Figure 29, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0047] Figure 32 illustrates a second tool positioned on a component panel, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0048] Figure 33 illustrates a perspective top view of a second tool subassembly separated from a first tool subassembly before forniing a fifth tool, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0049] Figure 34 illustrates a perspective top view of a second tool subassembly secured to a first tool subassembly to form a fifth tool, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[Θ050] Figure 35 illustrates a perspective top view of a fifth tool, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0051] Figure 36 illustrates a perspective top view of a fifth tool supporting a device, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. [0052] Figure 37 illustrates a cross-sectional view of a distal end of a multipurpose tool system, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure,

[0053] Before the embodiments of the disclosure are explained in detail, it is to be understood that the disclosure is not limited in its application to the details of construction and the arrangement of the components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the drawings. The disclosure is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced or being carried out in various ways. Also, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology used herein are for the purpose of description and should not he regarded as limiting. The use of "including" and "comprising" and variations thereof is meant to encompass the items listed thereafter and equivalents thereof as well as additional items and equivalents thereof,

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS OF THE DISCLOSURE

[0054] Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a multi-purpose tool system that includes a self-contained tool set. in at least one embodiment, the tool system includes multiple separate and distinct tools that are configured to couple to one another to provide a single, self-contained package. Each tool in the set is configured to provide separate functionality, and when coupled together, easily fit. into a pocket of a hag or clothing for easy and simple transport,

[0055] Certain embodiments of the present disclosure relate to fastener removal tools and more specifically to tool kits and tool sets that allow for removal of various trim fasteners, moldings and door trim panels with various types of fastening schemes, shapes and created with multiple materials, such as those found in motor vehicles.

[0Θ56] in at least one embodiment, a first tool includes a magnifying lens with integrated hole measuring device. The first tool allows for quick measuring of a range of common hole sizes and a magnifying lens at the opposite end for viewing features on small fasteners or components. [0057] In at least one embodiment, a second tool includes a claw tool with integrated common measuring device. The second tool is configured to provide maximum leverage for trim or fastener removal along with quick measuring of common stud sizes,

[00S8] In at least one embodiment, a third tool includes a grip tool that allows for removal of fasteners without causing damage to mating trim panels and at the same time designed to contain the other tools within it without affecting functionality. The grip tool and the claw tool may be assembled together to provide another tool that is configured to support items such as a cell phone or picture frame.

|0059| All of the tools may couple together (such as through snap connections) to form a single pocket sized tool kit. Each tool within the kit performs specific functions,

[006Θ] To the extent used in the present application, the terms "first," "second," and "third," etc. are used merely as labels, and are not intended to impose numerical requirements on their objects. For example, the first tool may be a second tool, or vice versa.

[00611 Figure 1 illustrates a perspective top view of a multi-purpose tool syste 100, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. Figure 2 illustrates a top view of the multi-purpose tool system 100. Figure 3 illustrates a perspective bottom view of the multi-purpose tool system 100. Figure 4 illustrates a bottom view of the multi-purpose tool system 100, Figure 5 illustrates a lateral view of the multi-purpose tool system 1 (3.

[ΘΘ62] Referring to Figures 1-5, the multi-purpose tool system 100 includes a compact housing 102 formed by a first tool 104 (shown in Figures 1 -5) that provides a base 105 of the housing 102, and a second tool 106 (shown in Figures I and 2) that provides a cover 107 of the housing 102. The second tool 106 removably secures to the first tool 104, such as through a snapable connection. When the second tool 106 is coupled to the first tool 104, the second tool 106 provides the cover 107 over an internal chamber that retains additional tools, as described herein.

[0063] The first tool 104 is a grip tool (such as a prying tool) that includes a proximal end wall 108 connected to lateral wails 1 10 and a bottom wail. 1 12 having a plurality of tactile features, such as gripping peaks 114 and valleys 1 16, An internal retaining chamber 1 18 (shown in Figures 1 and 2) is recessed into a top wall 120 of the first tool 104. The second tool 106 securely fits within the retaining chamber 118 when the second tool 106 is securely coupled to the first tool 104. A handle 122 for the first tool 104 is formed by the proximal end wall 108, the lateral walls 1 10, the bottom wall 1 12, and the top wall 120, whether or not the second tool 106 is secured within the retaining chamber 1 18,

[0064] The first tool 104 also includes an operative member 124 at a distal end 126 that is opposite from the proximal end wall 108, The operative member 124 includes mirrored ramped prongs 128 separated by a central groove 130. The ramped prongs 128 taper down to thin edges 132 towards the distal end 126.

[0065] Figure 6 illustrates a perspective top exploded view of the multipurpose tool system 100, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. The multi-purpose tool system 100 includes the first tool 104 (such as a grip tool), the second tool 106 (such as claw tool), a third tool 1 0 (such as a magnifying tool), and a fourth tool 142 (such as a pick tool). As shown, the retaining chamber 1 18 is recessed into the top wall 120 of the first tool 1 18. The second tool 106 is configured to secure over the retaining chamber 118 in a secured connecting position.

|0I)66] The second tool 106 includes a main body 144 having a proximal end 146 connected to an operative distal end 148, The proximal end 146 includes a tab 150 that is configured to fit into a slot 152 formed in the proximal end wall 108 of the first tool 104. Optionally, the second tool 106 may include the slot 152, while the first tool 104 includes the tab 150. [0067] The operative distal end 148 includes two arcuate claws 154 separated by a gap 156. The claws 154 include tips 158 that downwardly curve toward the first tool 104 (as shown in Figure 6). The claws 154 are confi gured to he retained within reciprocal channels 160 formed in the first tool 104. in order to secure the second tool 106 to the first tool Ϊ04, the claws 154 may be urged into the channels 60, and the distal end 148 of the second tool 106 may be pivoted back about the interfaces between the claws 154 and the channels 160 and secured within the slot 152 formed in the proximal end 108 of the first, tool 104. in order to remo ve the second tool 106 from the first tool 104 (and thereby expose the retaining chamber 118), an individual may grasp the tab 150, and upwardly urge the second tool 106 away from the first tool 104.

[0068] As shown, the second tool 106 may also include a passage 162 formed through the main body 144 proximate to the operative distal end 148. The round passage 162 is configured to expose a magnifying lens 164 of the third tool 140 when the third tool 140 is retained within the retaining chamber 118 of the first tool 104 and covered by the second tool 106. Optionally, the second tool 106 may not include the round passage 162.

[0069] The third tool 140 includes the magnifying lens 164 (such as formed of transparent glass or plastic) integrally connected to a support beam 166. The third tool 140 is configured to be retained within the retaining chamber 1 1 8 of the first tool 104 and covered by the second tool 106.

[0070] The fourth tool 142 includes an expanded end 168 connected to a tip 170 at an opposite end 172 through inwardly angled or curved lateral walls 174, a top wall 176, and a bottom wall 178, thereby forming a pick. The fourth tool 142 is configured to nest within a reciprocal socket 178 fomied in the retaining chamber 118 of the first tool 104.

[0071] As described herein, the first tool 104, the second tool 106, the third tool 140, and the fourth tool 142 coupled together to form the single, unitary, handheld housing 102 that may be easily transported. For example, the single, unitary, handheld housing 102 may fit into a pants pocket. The first tool 104, the second tool 106, the third tool 140, and the fourth tool 142 are configured to separate from the housing 102 and/or one another for individual use. Further, in at least one embodiment, at least two of the first tool 104, the second tool 106. the third tool 140, and the fourth tool 142 may be coupled together to form a fifth tool.

[0072] The first tool 104 is configured to perform a first function (such as gripping, prying, and/or pulling), the second tool 106 is configured to perform a second function (such as clawing, prying, and/or pulling) the third tool 140 is configured to perform a third function (such as magnifying and/or measuring), and the fourth tool 142 is configured to perform a fourth function (such as picking and prying). Each of the first, second, third, and fourth functions may differ from one another.

[00731 ft s to be understood that the terms first, second, third, and fourt in relation to the tools are merely to indicate a number of tools within the multi-purpose tool system 100. The first tool may optionally be the second, third, or fourth tool. The second tool may optionally be the first, third, or fourth tool. The third tool may optionally be the first, second, or fourth tool. The fourth tool may optionally be the first, second, or third tool. Moreover, the tools may be different than a grip tool, a claw tool, a magnifying tool, and a pick tool. For example, one of the tools may be a wench tool, a hammer tool, a clip tool, a screwdriver tool, and/or the like.

[0074] Figure 7 illustrates a perspective top view of the fourth tool 142 separated from the first tool 104. Figure 8 illustrates a perspective top view of the fourth tool 142 being inserted into the socket 178 of the retaining chamber 118 of the first tool 104. Figure 9 illustrates a perspective top view of the fourth tool 142 secured within the socket 178 of the retaining chamber 1 18 of the first tool 104, Figure 10 illustrates a top view of the fourth tool 142 secured within the socket 178 of the retaining chamber 1 18 of the first tool 104. Figure 1 1 illustrates a cross-sectional view of the fourth tool 142 secured within the socket 178 of the retaining chamber 118 of the first tool 104 through line 1 1 -1 1 of Figure 10. Figure 12 illustrates a cross-sectional view of the fourth tool 142 secured within the socket 178 of the retaining chamber 1 18 of the first tool 104 through line 12-12 of Figure 10.

[0Θ75] Referring to Figures 7-12, in order to assemble the multi-purpose tool system 100 (shown in Figures 1-6), the fourth tool 142 may first be secured to the first tool 104. For example, the fourth tool 142 (such as a pick tool) may first be angularly inserted into the socket 178 of first tool 104 {such as a grip tool), as shown in Figure 7, and then pushed down into the socket 178 until protuberances 180 (such as resilient clasps, ledges, barbs, ramps, and/or the like) snapably engage outer peripheral portions of the fourth tool 142. In order to remove the fourth tool 142 from the first tool 104, an individual grasps a portion of the fourth tool 142, and pivots or otherwise urges the fourth tool 142 out of the socket 1 8 to overcome the retaining force of the protuberances 180.

[0076] Figure 13 illustrates a perspective bottom view of the third tool 140 separated from the second tool 106. Figure 14 illustrates a perspective bottom view of the third tool 140 being inserted into a central beam opening 182 of the second tool 106. Figure 15 illustrates a perspective bottom view of the third tool 140 secured within a retaining cavity 184 of the second tool 106. Figure 16 illustrates a bottom view of the third tool 140 secured within the retaining cavity 184 of the second tool 106. Figure 17 illustrates a cross-sectional view of the third tool 140 secured within the retaining cavity 184 of the second tool 106 through line 17-17 of Figure 16. Figure 18 illustrates a cross- sectional view of the third tool 140 secured within the retaining cavity 184 of the second tool 106 through line 18-18 of Figure 16.

[0077] Referring to Figures 13-18, the support beam 166 of the third tool 140 (such as a magnifying tool) is inserted angularly into the central beam opening 1 2 of the second tool 106. The magnifying lens 164 is then pivoted hack so that the third tool 140 166 is retained within the retaining cavity 184 (such that at least a portion of the support beam 166 is exposed through the top of the second tool 106, as shown in Figures 1 and 2, for example). The second tool 106 may include protuberances 186 (such as resilient clasps, ledges, barbs, ramps, and/or the like) that snapably engage peripheral portions of the third tool 140, in order to securely couple the third tool 140 to the second tool 106. Figure 19 illustrates a cross-sectional view of a protuberance 186 securely coupled to a peripheral portion of the third tool 140 (such as an end of the support beam 166), according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0078} Referring to Figures 7-18. after the fourth tool 142 is securely coupled to the first tool 104, and the third tool 140 is securely coupled to the second tool 106, a first tool subassembly 200 (shown in Figures 7-12) including a first pair of tools coupled together (such as the first tool 104 and the fourth tool 142) may he secured to a second tool subassembly 202 (shown in Figures 13-18) including a second pair of tool coupled together (such as the second tool 106 and the third tool 140) to form a single, unitary, compact multi-purpose tool system 100,

[0079] Figure 20 illustrates a perspective top view of the first tool subassembly 200 separated from the second tool subassembly 202. Figure 21 illustrates a perspective top view of the second tool subassembly 202 being inserted over the retaining chamber 118 (in which the fourth tool 142 is already secured) of the first tool 104 of the first tool subassembly 200. Figure 22 illustrates a perspective top view of the second tool subassembly 202 secured to the first tool subassembly 200. Figure 23 illustrates a top view of the second tool subassembly 202 secured to the first tool subassembly 200. Figure 24 illustrates a cross-sectional view of the second tool subassembly 202 secured over the retaining chamber 1 .18 of the first tool 104 of the first tool subassembly 200 through line 24-24 of Figure 23. Figure 25 illustrates a cross-sectional view of the second tool subassembly 202 secured over the retaining chamber 1.8 of the first tool 104 of the first tool subassembly 200 through line 25-25 of Figure 23.

[0080] Referring to Figures 20-25, the second tool subassembly 202 is inserted angularly into the first tool subassembly 200, and then pushed downwardly into the first tool subassembly 200 until protuberances 204 (such as resilient clasps, ledges, barbs, ramps, and/or the like) of the first tool subassembly 200 snapably secure to peripheral portions of the second tool subassembly 202. As shown and described, the first tool subassembly 200 securely couples to the second tool subassembly 202 to provide a single, compact, convenient housing that securely couples a plurality of tools (such as the first tool 104, the second tool 106, the third tool 140, and the fourth tool 142) together, thereby forming the unitary ' multi-purpose tool system 100.

[0081] Figure 26 illustrates a lateral view of the first tool 104 removing a fastener 300 from a panel 302, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. As noted, the first tool 104 may be a grip tool that may be used for fastener removal.

[0082] Figure 27 illustrates a perspective view of the second tool 106 removing the fastener 300 from the panel 302, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. The second tool subassembly 202 may be removed from the first tool subassembly 200 in order for tire second tool 106 to be utilized. When higher forces or leverage are needed, the second tool 106, such as a claw tool may be used.

|0083] Figure 28 illustrates the third tool 140 being inserted into a hole 310 of a panel 312, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. In order to utilize the third tool 140, the second tool subassembly 202 (shown in Figures 13-17) is removed from the first tool subassembly 200 (shown in Figures 7-12), and the third tool 140 is then removed from the second tool 106 (shown in Figure 27). The third tool 140 may provide a magnifying tool including the magnifying lens 164 and the support beam 166. The support beam 166 may be used as a handle, or it may be inserted into the hole 310 to provide a stable connection for the magnifying lens 164 in relation to the panel 312, and may conveniently be used for measurement purposes.

[0084] Figure 29 illustrates a front view of the third tool 140. Figure 30 illustrates a lateral view of the third tool 140. Figure 31 illustrates a cross-sectional view of the magnifying lens 164 of the third tool 140 through line 31-31 of Figure 29. Referring to Figures 29-3.1 , a protective ring 165 may surround the magnifying lens 164, which protects the magnifying lens 1 4, such as when disconnected from the second tool subassembly 202 (shown in Figures 13-18). The protective ring 165 provides a barrier that prevents objects from contacting the magnifying lens 164, thereby reducing a possibility of scratches thereto. The support beam 166 may include a plurality of gradations 167 that are configured to be used for measurements, for example. [0085J Figure 32 illustrates the second tool 106 positioned on a component panel 320. The second tool 106 may also include a plurality of holes, such as holes 107 and 109, formed through a portion thereof. The holes 107 and 109 allow for measuring of component diameters (such as diametrical studs, bosses, or other such protruding cylinders). For example, the holes 107 and 109 may have different diameters and may he configured to fit around various studs, such as stud 322, to detennine diameters of the studs,

[0086] Figure 33 illustrates a perspective lop view of the second tool subassembly 202 separated from the first tool subassembly 200 before forming a fifth tool 350, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. Figure 34 illustrates a perspective top view of the second tool subassembly 202 secured to the first tool subassembly 200 to form the fifth tool 350. Figure 35 illustrates a perspective top view of the fifth tool 350. Figure 36 illustrates a perspective top view of the fifth tool 350 supporting a device (such as a smart phone, tablet, or the like), according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0087] Referring to Figures 33-36, the first tool assembly 200 and the second tool assembly 202 may be connected together to form the fifth tool 350, such as a support stand. In order to form the fifth tool 350, the first tool assembly 200 and the second tool assembly 202 are disconnected from the compact, retaining housing state as shown in Figures 1-5, for example. Then, the first tool 200 is laid on a surface such that the retaining chamber 1 18 (shown in Figure 6, for example) is face down on the surface and the gripping peaks 1 14 and valleys 1 16 are exposed in a upright position.

[0088] The claws 154 of the second tool 106 are then inserted into the channels 160 of the first tool 104 from an opposite side than as shown in Figure 6. The curved nature of the claws 154 allows the second tool subassembly 202 to recline back with respect to the first tool subassembly 200 into the supporting position shown in Figures 35 and 36, The peaks 1 14 provide different supporting positions for a lower edge 353 of the device 352, thereby allowing the device 352 to be supported between the first tool subassembly 200 and the second tool subassembly 202 at different angular positions. [0089] Figure 37 illustrates a cross-sectional view of a distal end of the multipurpose tool system 100, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure, in this embodiment, the first tool subassembly 200 including the first tool 104 removably secures to the second tool subassembly 202 including the second tool 106 at the distal end through a securing interface 400. The securing interface 400 at the distal end may be the only securing interface within the multi-purpose tool system.

[§090] The second tool 106 may include a resilient latch 402 or other such feature that snapably, latehably or otherwise removably secures to a reciprocal retainer 404 of the first tool 104, When a force is applied to the second tool 106 in the direction of arrow 410, the latch 402 moves past the retainer 404 in response to a resilient beam 408 connected to the latch 402 moving in the direction of arc 412, thereby allowing the first tool subassembly 200 to be separated from the second tool subassembly 202,

[0091] As described herein, embodiments of the present disclosure provide a multi-purpose tool system 100 that includes a plurality of separate and distinct tools (such as the tools 104, 106, 140, 142, and 350) that couple together to provide a single, unitary, and compact assembly that may be easily transported between locations.

[0092] Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an efficient tool system that organizes and contains a plurality of tools within a single housing. Further, embodiments of the present disclosure provide a versatile tool system that is compact and easy to transport.

[0093] While various spatial and directional terms, such as top, bottom, lower, mid, lateral, horizontal, vertical, front and the like may be used to describe embodiments of the present disclosure, it is understood that such terms are merely used with respect to the orientations shown in the drawings. The orientations may be inverted, rotated, or otherwise changed, such that an upper portion is a lower portion, and vice versa, horizontal becomes vertical, and the like.

[0094] Variations and modifications of the foregoing are within tire scope of the present disclosure. It is understood that the embodiments disclosed and defined herein extend to all alternative combinations of two or more of the individual features mentio ed or evident from the text and/or drawings. All of these different combinations constitute various alternative aspects of the present disclosure. The embodiments described herein explain the best modes known for practicing the disclosure and will enable others skilled in the art to utilize the disclosure. The claims are to be construed to include alternative embodiments to the extent permitted by the prior art.

[0095] To the extent used in the appended claims, the terms "including" and "in which" are used as the plain-English equivalents of the respective terms "comprising" and "wherein." Moreover, to the extent used in the following claims, the terms "first," "second," and "third," etc. are used merely as labels, and are not intended to impose numerical requirements on their objects. Further, the limitations of the following claims are not written irs means-plus-function format and are not intended to be interpreted based on 35 U.S.C. § 112(f), unless and until such claim limitations expressly use the phrase "means for" followed by a statement of function void of further structure.

[0096] Various features of the disclosure are set forth in the following claims.