Group 3 - Black and Decker Drill

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Executive Summary

We disassembled, analyzed, and reassembled a Black & Decker power drill.

We took each component of the drill apart and analyzed it to determine the function and why each part was made of it material and shape. This helped us better understand how the drill worked on the component level.

By analysis and research we were able to determine what the component was. We also produced CAD drawings and pictures of each component. After all this information was gathered we reassembled the drill.

Assembly was

After we disassembled, analyzed, and reassembled the Black & Decker power drill we gained a better comprehension of how the drill works.


This product is a Black & Decker Drill which is built to use different size bits to drill holes in various materials. The drill also has a reversable function. This is accomplished by changing electrical energy into mechanical energy inside the drill motor.

Each member was responsible for the following parts of the project:

Lazarus,Shawn ()

Sendlak,Christopher ()

Davis,Angela ()

Tewes,Jennifer ()


Before Disassembly


The Black and Decker Drill is used to drill holes into various materials (ie. wood, sheetrock). The drill uses an AC current from a wall and directs electricty to a motor to create rotational motion. This motion is transferred to the gears in order to create rotation within the drill bit.


The product works and runs smoothly by changing AC power from a power outlet into mechanical energy in the drill to turn the bit. This is demonstrated best when the drill's trigger is pulled because you can hear the motor and the cooling fan rotating.

Amount of Components

We estimated that the drill is made of approximately ten components. These ten components include:

  1. Motor
  2. Trigger switch
  3. Cord
  4. Drill bit
  5. Level
  6. Cooling fan
  7. Casing
  8. Direction switch
  9. Trigger lock
  10. Chuck
  11. Screws
  12. Gears

Types of Materials

We estimated that the drill is made of approximately five materials. These five materials include:

  1. Plastic
  2. Rubber
  3. Steel
  4. Copper wiring
  5. Water (Liquid in level)

Disassembly Procedure

Disassembly Process Table

Step Number Process Tool Level of Difficulty
1 Unscrewed screws to remove plastic casing (housing) Phillips Head Screwdriver Easy
2 Removed electrical cord by unscrewing screws Phillips Head Screwdriver Easy
3 Removed reverse switch that fits into hole at the base of the motor Hands Very Easy
4 Removed circuit box and its parts (two springs, metal strips, wires, silicon chip) Pliers and Alan Key Hard
5 Separated drill bit, motor, gears, and magnetic field Hands Easy
6 Separated and removed small magnets Hands Easy
7 Unsnapped plastic casing around magnetic field Hands Medium
8 Unscrewed large screws on magnetic field Phillips Head Screwdriver Easy
9 Unlocked the wire locks Hands Easy
10 Removed plastic ring that included two wires Hands Easy

After Disassembly

Part Table

Part Number Part Name Number of Parts of This Type Part Material & Reason for Material Function Part Manufacturing Process Image of Part CAD File
1 Housing 1 Plastic
Non-conducting to shield user from electricity and moving parts inside
Rubber (grip)
Comfort to user
To contain all components, and make the drill user-friendly Injection Molding
MAE pics 007.jpg
2 Screws 11 (Casing Screws) 2(Long Screws) Metal
Strength and longivity of part
Holds separate components together Machined
MAE pics 062.jpg
3 Level 1 Plastic (externally)
Strengh and durability
Liquid (internally)
To allow for the bubble to balance in the liquid
Shows the user if the drill is being held horizontally Injection Molding
MAE pics 055.jpg
4 Keyless Chuck 1 Plastic (externally)
Comfort of use for user
Steel (internally)
Stenght and longevity
Place for the bit to be held Injection Molding and Machined
MAE pics 039.jpg
Drill Head assembly 2.jpg
5 Wiring 1 Copper
Conductor of electricity
Plastic (insulation)
Shield other components from electricity
Supplies power to components Extruded
MAE pics 061.jpg
6 Cord 1 Plastic (externally)
Shield user from electrcity
Copper wiring (internally)
Conductor of electricity
Supplies power to the whole drill Extruded
MAE pics 052.jpg
7 Trigger 1 Plastic
Sheild user from electricity on the inside
Contolls the speed Injection Molding
MAE pics 054.jpg
8 Chip 1 Silicon
Condutor of electricity and computational power
Controls the power supply Silicon dipping Implantation
MAE pics 013.jpg
9 Armature Coil 1 Copper
Conductor of electricity
Allows for the generation of power Copper wire wound around central axel(Insulated)
MAE pics 037.jpg
10 Commucator 3 Metal
Strength and durability
Allows tranfer of electricity in the coil of the central axis
MAE pics 038.jpg
11 Reverse Switch 1 Plastic
Strength and comfort for user
Changes the direction that the chuck rotates in Injection Molding
MAE pics 053.jpg
12 Armature Axel 1 Metal
Strength and durability
Allows for motor rotation Machined
MAE pics 034.jpg
13 Cooling Fan 1 Plastic
Light weight and durability
Draws air into the drill to cool down the motor Injection Molding
MAE pics 030.jpg
14 Field 1 Copper
Conductor of electricity
Allows for power genetration from the motor Copper wire wound on Injection Molded plastic encased in formed sheet metal
MAE pics 041.jpg
15 Heat Sink 1 Metal
Strength and longevity
Regulates the rotation of the spindle, aides in dissapation of heat Die Cast
MAE pics 033.jpg
16 Armature 1 Metal
Conductor of electrcity
Facilitates transfer of power from the coil
MAE pics 037.jpg
17 Cord Clamp 1 Metal(Aluminum)
Holds the cord in place Sheet metal forming
MAE pics 059.jpg
18 Casing of copper coil and metal rings 1 Plastic
Light weight and non-conductor of electricity
Protects and insulates the coil Injection molding
MAE pics 060.jpg
19 Brushes 2 Carbon
Longevity to withstand repeated friction
Contact commuter determines drive direction Machined
MAE pics 056.jpg
20 Brush Holders 2 Metal(Brass)
Strength and longevity to withstand friction
Hold the brushes stationary Sheet metal forming
MAE pics 046.jpg
21 Coil Springs 2 Metal
Conductor of electricity
Regulates power supply to the brushes Sheet meatl forming
MAE pics 046.jpg
22 Gear and Pinion 3 Metal
Strength and Durability
Transfers motion to the chuck Extruded
MAE pics 058.jpg
Small Gear Assembly.jpg
23 Plate 2 Metal
Strength and longevity
Holds the gears in place Die Cast
MAE pics 063.jpg
Large Plate.jpg
24 Cloth Washer 1 Cloth
Good cushion to prevent parts from rubbing together
Reduces friction due to the rotating gears and chuck --
MAE pics 028.jpg
Large washer.jpg
25 Magnetic Insultator 1 Cardboard
Insulates the copper coil from outside interference --
MAE pics 045.jpg
26 Circuit Box 1 Plastic
Insulator of electrcity
Controlls the speed of motor --
MAE pics 016.jpg

Drill Head and Gear Box Assembly

Part Name Picture CAD File
Whole Front Assembly
MAE pics 022.jpg
Front assembly 2.jpg
Drill Head Assembly
MAE pics 040.jpg
Drill Head assembly 2.jpg
Gear Assembly
MAE pics 028.jpg
Gear assembly.jpg
Gear and Plate Assembly
MAE pics 021.jpg
Plate gear assembly.jpg
Small Gear Assembly
MAE pics 021.jpg
Small Gear Assembly.jpg
Small Gear
MAE pics 021.jpg
Small gear.jpg
Small Washer
MAE pics 021.jpg
Small washer.jpg
Small Plate
MAE pics 021.jpg
Small plate.jpg


Assembly Process Table

Step Number Process Tool Level of Difficulty
1 Connect Chuck to Gears and Plate. Place in Housing Hands Easy
2 Attach Brushes into Brush holders Needle nose pliers Hard. Needed to pull springs back to attach brushes

After Assembly