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Old October 31 2012, 11:56 PM   #1
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Why are there no Nuts / Bolts / Screws in Star Trek?

In all of the episodes that I've watched which consists of all of
TNG, DS9, VOY, & ENT, I've never seen a single screw, nut or bolt, even a rivet in the future.

Somebody has to make the prototype of the item or part that gets mass replicated. How did they put all the items together in the first place?

Did they just weld or sodder everything together?

I'm assuming they must use something to hold all their tools, gadgets, pipes, etc together.

Any ideas from you fans?
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Old November 1 2012, 12:04 AM   #2
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Re: Why are there no Nuts / Bolts / Screws in Star Trek?

There are plenty of nuts and bolts in the Enterprise's enineering section in the 2009 Star Trek movie, and I'm sure I've seen panels being unscrewed in Enterprise, although I can't recall which episodes.

I guess the 24th century Treks use some magical futuristic... somethingorother... involving waving magical techno-wands....
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Old November 1 2012, 12:28 AM   #3
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Re: Why are there no Nuts / Bolts / Screws in Star Trek?

DS9 had self-sealing stem bolts.
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Old November 1 2012, 12:29 AM   #4
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Re: Why are there no Nuts / Bolts / Screws in Star Trek?

cuz it's the future and they've gone beyond contemporary conventional methods.

i'm no engineer or mechanic, but 200/300 years ago i don't think there were many nuts-bolts-rivets.

similarly, 200/300 years from now, they will have construction methods unknown today. you know, invention.

also: yes... self-sealing stem bolts. yes.
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Old November 1 2012, 12:37 AM   #5
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Re: Why are there no Nuts / Bolts / Screws in Star Trek?

I suspect given the size and shape of the Self-Sealing stem bolt props, they were probably used for major assemblies like starship or starbase components.

As for smaller items, I presume that because the industrial replicator can fabricate pre-assembled objects with complex part geometries, subcomponents and individual fixtures were deemed unneccessary (unless one wants items such as hand Phasers or tricorders to be repairable)

Of course, it may just be the producers' and art departments idea of a clean futuristic look by taking out fasteners that would look ostensibly like something out of the 20~21st Centuries.
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Old November 1 2012, 12:37 AM   #6
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Re: Why are there no Nuts / Bolts / Screws in Star Trek?

As others have said changes in technology
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Old November 1 2012, 12:46 AM   #7
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Re: Why are there no Nuts / Bolts / Screws in Star Trek?

We never saw Kleenex, Tampons or toilets, either, though we all assume the crew had access to such. Why do you ask? Do you find screws, nuts and bolts dramatically compelling?
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Old November 1 2012, 01:06 AM   #8
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Re: Why are there no Nuts / Bolts / Screws in Star Trek?

Nuts, bolts, and screws are so pre-warp...
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Old November 1 2012, 01:13 AM   #9
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Re: Why are there no Nuts / Bolts / Screws in Star Trek?

KamenRiderBlade wrote: View Post
Did they just weld or sodder everything together?
Solder.

Where do we find these people? Sodder...
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Old November 1 2012, 01:33 AM   #10
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Re: Why are there no Nuts / Bolts / Screws in Star Trek?

There's certainly welding...
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Old November 1 2012, 02:59 AM   #11
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Re: Why are there no Nuts / Bolts / Screws in Star Trek?

jayrath wrote: View Post
We never saw Kleenex, Tampons or toilets, either,
A toilet was seen in Trek V.

Learn more about Toilets in Star Trek.
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Old November 1 2012, 03:06 AM   #12
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Re: Why are there no Nuts / Bolts / Screws in Star Trek?

C.E. Evans wrote: View Post
Nuts, bolts, and screws are so pre-warp...
By the 24th century, Humanity is too evolved to use rivets.

KingDaniel wrote: View Post
There's certainly welding...
In the video, they're specifically arc welding.

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Old November 1 2012, 03:10 AM   #13
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Re: Why are there no Nuts / Bolts / Screws in Star Trek?

Perhaps there still are. Maybe only during Parrises Squares tournaments with the cheerleaders: "Nuts and bolts. Nuts and bolts. We got screwed!"
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Old November 1 2012, 04:33 AM   #14
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Re: Why are there no Nuts / Bolts / Screws in Star Trek?

Sandoval wrote: View Post
KamenRiderBlade wrote: View Post
Did they just weld or sodder everything together?
Solder.

Where do we find these people? Sodder...
My bad, I was typing quickly and didn't spell check.
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Old November 1 2012, 05:02 AM   #15
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Re: Why are there no Nuts / Bolts / Screws in Star Trek?

KamenRiderBlade wrote: View Post
Sandoval wrote: View Post
KamenRiderBlade wrote: View Post
Did they just weld or sodder everything together?
Solder.

Where do we find these people? Sodder...
My bad, I was typing quickly and didn't spell check.
I doubt it's a word people spell that often. And I don't know how people pronounce it in other countries, but in America the L tends to be silent anyway.
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