Threading Tools

At Fenn, our Threading Tool Portfolio Includes a Wide Range of Solid Carbide Thread Mills, Thread Whirl Cutters, High Quality Taps, External Threading and Long Reach Threading Solutions

The Hahnreiter selection of HSSE taps are the mainstay of our threading tool range. The proven results and reliability in general-purpose materials makes them ‘first choice’ for many customers. For the more demanding materials, Fenn Tool offer a vast selection of Dummel and Seco threading tools as a solution. Accordingly, comprehensive ranges of dedicated material-specific taps are available in a wide assortment of thread forms.

For high value components and difficult applications where the risk of tap breakage is simply not an option, Fenn can also provide a solution for high-quality results. We provide various options of thread mill tooling to enable the operator to generate the thread for through and blind holes. Hence, solid carbide thread mills are available in both the Seco and Fetoga ranges. Thread whirl cutters are also available which are perfect for small thread sizes or difficult materials.

If you require long reach thread milling, we have answers for that too. Our Dummel and Seco ranges of indexable thread milling tooling are both effective and flexible and just one option of the variety of products available. You can achieve many different thread forms and sizes using a small range of holders and an extensive range of replaceable inserts.

Featured Threading Tool

Dümmel Minimill

The Dümmel Minimill system is the ultimate threading tool for milling by circular interpolation from 10mm. The interchangeable carbide inserts have a proven three-rib coupling that guarantees optimal concentricity. Tool holders are available in Steel, Carbide, and Densimet. Insert options range from general groove milling, DIN standard circlip groovers, keyway milling, full radius, chamfering, and threading. A well-established system for thread milling, the Dummel Minimill thread screw profiles include Metric, UN, Whitworth, and BSP.

Threading Tool Featured Image - Dummel Minicut

Threading and Tapping FAQs

In the manufacturing process of threading, a threading tool (thread dies) creates a screw’s helical detailed edges. This method of metal processing allows a screw to fasten to another material.

These processes are usually mentioned together as they are similar processes, although tapping tools create screw threads on the inside of nuts etc. which is where the threaded screw fastens.

Threading tools cut screw threads. Held by die stocks, these are also referred to as die holders.

Threading in manufacturing is the process used to create screw threads. Methods to generate these are subtractive, deformative or transformative, additive, or a combination of these.

In machining, this tool allows you to create screw threads within a pre-tapped hole, a process known as tapping. Some applications allow for tapped holes without the need for this by using a thread tapping tool.

Subtractive Methods of Threading

Subtractive methods include thread cutting and thread grinding using threading tools.

Thread Cutting

Use a thread cutting tool when:

  • There is a small quantity
  • You need full thread depth
  • You are threading up to a shoulder
  • The blank is inaccurate
  • The material is brittle
  • You require a tapered thread

Taps and Dies:
Tap and die tools are common threading tools. Hand taps cannot cut thread in a single motion as they quickly jam from long chips and there is no feature to automatically remove the chips. Whereas, continuous tapping operations use “gun” or specialised spiral point taps which automatically remove the chips to resolve jamming.

Single-point Threading:
Single-point threading is a thread-cutting method to produce a thread form onto a cone or cylinder using a single-point thread cutting tool. A single-point tool moves horizontally whilst the workpiece’s rotation determines the thread pattern. The single-point method can be used to produce external or internal threads.

Thread Milling:
If a suitable helical toolpath is available, a milling cutter rotates to create threads. Thread milling, when compared to tap and dies and single-point thread tools, has the advantages of less tool breakage, faster cycle times, and the same tool creates left- or right-handed thread.

Other thread-cutting methods include thrilling and helical broaching.

Thread Grinding

Thread grinding uses grinding wheels that match the thread’s shape and is done on a grinding machine.

Other Methods of Threading

Deformative and transformative methods of threading include thread rolling and forming, as well as moulding and casting, whereas additive methods include 3D printing.

A tapping tool cuts screw threads. A tap tool is similar to a screw though it has bolt like threads and two, three, or four flutes or grooves that are longitudinal. This tool is cuts screw threads in nuts.

There are 4 types of tapping tools: spiral fuse tap, straight flute tap, spiral point tap, and forming tap. 

Spiral Fuse Tap:
This tap cuts off chips and lifts them out using its spiralling flutes, essentially cleaning out swarf as it cuts. Therefore, this tap type should only be used where swarf congestion is a concern in blind holes as it is weak.

Straight Flute Tap:
A typical style of tap used across various tapping applications. A straight flute tap creates blind or through holes and is particularly beneficial for cutting short chipping material.

Spiral Point Tap:
This tap type machines through holes as it is the strongest thread-cutting tap. A spiral point tap has a lefthanded spiral sheer at its tip with straight flutes so that the swarf is ejected in front of the thread.

Forming Tap:
A forming tap creates the strongest thread as it doesn’t produce any chips, but rather moves material to the thread.

Tapping and drilling are both used to create holes in metal. However, drilling uses a drill bit that doesn’t have a thread pattern to follow as it pushes to cut through. Whereas tapping uses a tap that has a specified thread path to cut pre-existing threads following a bolt or screw.

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