The Ultimate Cool Tools Quiz
by Staff
If you are crazy about gadgetry, technical sophistication and hi-tech tools, this is the quiz for you. These 10 tools are about the best tool inventions of the last few decades, barring none. Check out these 10 Wonders of the Tool World by taking this quiz.

Which printer is slower, the 2-D or the 3-D?

  • They both operate at the same speed.
  • The 3-D is slower than the 2-D.
  • The 2-D is slower than the 3-D.

With one method of 3-D printing, liquid binder is placed over fine powder in layers. What is used to strengthen it after printing?

  • a sealant
  • a resin
  • a layer of silicone

When was computer-aided design (CAD) first introduced?

  • in the early 1960s
  • in the early 1970s
  • in the early 1980s

How does the MAKO Tactile Guidance System help in the field of medicine?

  • It helps to diagnose certain conditions at an earlier stage.
  • It helps to improve the quality of medicines.
  • It helps surgeons to perform less invasive and better surgeries.

What does the multimeter measure?

  • all kinds of audio values, such as decibel level
  • all kinds of electrical values, such as volts
  • all kinds of health and body-performance values, such as calories

How can the multimeter be useful in industrial conditions?

  • It can help troubleshoot problems in hazardous factory environments.
  • It can help connect a large amount of wires simultaneously.
  • It can help raise the voltage of an entire factory's machinery on a large-scale level.

What is the biggest accomplishment of the oscilloscope?

  • It receives very high-frequency signals from outer space.
  • It detects sound waves many feet below the ocean surface.
  • It displays the wave pattern of an electrical signal on a screen.

What would it cost to purchase a top-of-the-range oscilloscope?

  • 50000
  • 100000
  • 200000

Which of these are functions of the laser engraver?

  • It sorts and divides.
  • It sculpts and saws.
  • It cuts and etches.

What computer operating systems does the VersaLASER VLS3.50 require?

  • Windows Server 2003 or Windows 7
  • Windows XP or Windows Vista
  • WinFS or Blackcomb

A computer numerical control (CNC) machine does a variety of tasks. In order to cut complex shapes, it needs:

  • multiple axes
  • sharp blades
  • 20-20 vision

How fast can the Tormach PCNC 1100 Mill spindle rotate?

  • anywhere between 10 and 1,000 RPMs
  • anywhere between 50 and 3,000 RPMs
  • anywhere between 100 and 5,000 RPMs

What is one of the benefits of using a PS-900 Soldering Station?

  • It solders so precisely, you can't detect it on the product.
  • It heats to a very high temperature setting.
  • It offers very steady levels of heat throughout the soldering process.

What is "cold" about the cold saw?

  • It is used in cold temperatures only.
  • It uses a coolant during the sawing process.
  • It remains cool to the touch even after using the tool for 30 minutes straight.

How do you operate the Kalamazoo FHC350D cold saw?

  • electronically using a switch
  • manually
  • using a foot pedal

Metal inert gas (MIG) welding sometimes uses semi-inert gases, such as:

  • carbon dioxide
  • carbon monoxide
  • helium

What special function does the Millermatic welder offer?

  • It can weld without the need of a gas canister.
  • It can be preset to save time.
  • It can weld at a wire speed of over 17 inches (.18m) per minute.

With MIG welding, how does the feeding wire melt?

  • It melts upon contact with the welding surface.
  • It melts when it heats to temperatures of over 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 degrees Celsius).
  • It melts when it's energized with electricity.

How does the Sidewinder forklift solve the common problem of lack of maneuverability?

  • It can change forward-backward directions very fast.
  • Its wheels allow it to travel in any direction.
  • It can vault over objects where necessary.

The one who invented the special wheel design of the Sidewinder was a man from:

  • La Mancha
  • Japan
  • Sweden