Taps and Dies

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Taps and dies are used to create or clean up threads, usually in metal.

Three-stage taps need to be used in the correct order (from rough to fine). You can tell the order by judging how complete the cutting edge is or by the rings around the shaft: 1 ring -> 2 rings -> no ring.

Here's a makezine tutorial on using taps and dies.

Taps

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Taps

M3 to M12 taps.jpg
Synonyms: DE: Gewindebohrer,
"Innengewindeschneider"
Type: bit
Material: metal, plastic
Location: metal workshop
Access: upon reading
Tutors:

Taps can be ruined by incorrect use, please ask for help if you are new to them. Into anything harder than aluminum, they are driven by hand using a tap wrench (DE: Windeisen).

Did you know? The proper drill bit size for common thread diameters can also be found on the back of the digital caliper!

We've got a set of M3/4/5/6/8/10/12 three-stage taps with holders. Lmnl99 also brought in an M2 tap which only works with our holders when a piece of tape is wrapped around the shaft.

The rough M3 tap (one ring) was broken and is currently missing.


Dies

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Dies

M3 to M12 dies.jpg
Synonyms: DE: Schneideisen,
"Außengewindeschneider"
Material: metal, plastic
Tutors:

We have an assortment of dies of the following sizes:

M3
M4
M5
M6
M8
M10
M12