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Drill and Tap Kits

  • 115-Piece Drill Bit Set
  • Individual Imperial & Metric Taps
  • Tap Guides Help Ensure Tapped
    Holes are Perpendicular to Flat Surfaces

TTT001

Tap Guide for Optical Tables and Breadboards

71529

1/4"-20 Tap

XE25TG

Tap Guide for 25 mm Rails

TW25

Tap Wrench

DK2

Drill Kit

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OVERVIEW

Drills and Taps Selection

  • Drill Kit Includes 115 Drill Bits in a Labeled Plastic Case
  • Universal Tap Wrench is an Essential Tool for Custom Applications
  • Complete Selection of Imperial and Metric Taps
  • Taps for Thorlabs' SM05 (0.535"-40) and SM1 (1.035"-40) Standards

Tap Guide Selection

  • Table and Breadboard Tapping Guide for Repairing Damaged Taps
  • Tap Guide for Our 25 mm Rails

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Table Tapping Guide

Table Tapping Guide
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A steel bushing guides a 1/4"-20 or M6 tap perpendicular to the optical table. Two included countersunk screws center the tap guide over the hole.
TTT001 Dimensions
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TTT001(/M) Tap Guide Dimensions
  • Tap or Repair 1/4"-20 or M6 Holes in Optical Tables and Breadboards
  • Bushings Help Ensure Tapped Holes are Perpendicular to the Work Surface
  • Two 1/4"-20 or M6 Countersunk Mounting Screws Supplied

The TTT001(/M) Tap Guide is designed to assist in the re-drilling and re-tapping of an optical table or breadboard damaged by broken screws or cross threading. Two countersunk mounting screws are supplied for bolting the guide to the existing 1/4"-20- or M6-threaded hole matrix. A toughened, tool-grade steel bushing insert acts as a precise guide for drilling the broken screw out of the damaged hole. Another steel bushing guides the tap into the drilled-out hole, restoring the threads and ensuring that the resulting tapped hole is perpendicular to the work surface.

The main cause of tap breakage is unwanted sideways motion when the operator attempts to rotate the tap while simultaneously applying a force not purely parallel to the drill axis. This device discourages this costly error. We advise the use of a sharp, carbide-tipped drill bit to drill out the broken screw. When mounting the tap guide, care should be taken not to overtighten the countersunk mounting screws.


Part Number
Description
Price
Availability
TTT001
Table Tapping Guide for 1/4"-20 Threads
$55.00
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TTT001/M
Table Tapping Guide for M6 Threads
$55.00
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Universal Tap Wrench

Sliding Crossbar
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Ratcheting Selector Knob and Sliding Crossbar
  • Universal Ratcheting Tap Wrench with Sliding Crossbar
  • Accommodates Taps from #0 to 1/4" or 2 mm to 6 mm
  • Ideal for Customizing Structures Made from Our 25 mm Rails

This machinist-quality Hand Tap Wrench is ideally suited for everyday tapping requirements. The rugged stainless steel design provides durability and long life, and the crossbar conveniently slides to provide extra torque when required. Ratcheting in either direction can be selected using the knob at the top of the wrench (see photo to the right). The Hand Tap Wrench can accommodate taps as small as #0 or 2 mm and as large as 1/4" or 6 mm.

The XE25TG Tap Guide aligns a tap such that the resulting tapped hole is parallel to the axis of a 25 mm rail.


Part Number
Description
Price
Availability
TW25
Hand Tap Wrench
$56.00
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XE25TG
Tap Guide for 25 mm Rails
$66.30
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Drill Kit

 

Included Fractional-Sized Drill Bits
 • 1/16"• 9/64"• 7/32"• 19/64"• 3/8"• 29/64"
 • 5/64"• 5/32"• 15/64"• 5/16"• 25/64"• 15/32"
 • 3/32"• 11/64"• 1/4"• 21/64"• 13/32"• 31/64"
 • 7/64"• 3/16"• 17/64"• 11/32"• 27/64"• 1/2"
 • 1/8"• 13/64"• 9/32"• 23/64"• 7/16"

Kit Includes:

  • 60 Number-Sized Drill Bits Ranging from #1 Bit to #60 Bit
  • 26 Letter-Sized Drill Bits Ranging from Letter A Bit Through Letter Z Bit
  • 29 Fractional-Sized Drill Bits Ranging from 1/16" to 1/2" (See List at Right)
  • Labeled Gray Plastic Case

These 115 drill bits come in standard jobber lengths and are constructed from high-quality, high-speed, titanium-nitride-coated steel, enabling them to withstand extremely harsh environments. They ship packaged in a labeled plastic carrying case.


Part Number
Description
Price
Availability
DK2
115-Piece Drill Kit
$99.90
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Specialty Taps - Imperial

Item #ThreadPilot Bore
Diameter
Drill
Sizea
Common Uses
999436-800.125"1/8"Fine Adjustment Screws
745803/16"-1000.177"#16Ultra Fine Adjustment Screws
715981/4"-200.201"#71/4"-20 Mounting Holes
715291/4"-800.238"BFine Adjustment Screws
999401/4"-1000.240"-Fine Adjustment Screws
602025/16"-320.281"9/32"UFS Nuts
602423/8"-400.348"SFAS Nuts
833730.535"-40
(SM05 Standard)
0.508"-Ø1/2" Lens Tubes
467200.800"-36
(RMS Standard)
0.772"-RMS-Threaded Objectives
973551.035"-40
(SM1 Standard)
1.008"-Ø1" Lens Tubes
  • Item #s with drill sizes listed have a pilot bore diameter equal to a standard drill size. For item #s without a corresponding standard drill size, please refer solely to the pilot bore diameter, as drill bits in that size are not available.
  • Specialized Taps
  • Covers SM05, SM1, and Most Other Threads Used by Thorlabs

These specialty taps aid in the integration of our optomechanical components into your custom-built devices. Our imperial taps selection includes the majority of thread standards used by Thorlabs, including our SM05 (0.535"-40) and SM1 (1.035"-40) standards. Please see below for our metric taps.

Tapping Recommendations
To tap a hole, machine a pilot bore, using the table to the right to find the recommended pilot bore diameter. The bore can be made using a drill bit, an end mill, or either of these followed by a reamer. Next, secure the tap into a tap wrench, drill press, or lathe to create the threads. If resistance is felt while tapping, carefully rotate the tap backwards to remove it, as broken taps are exceptionally difficult to remove. The use of a lubricant or tapping fluid will make it easier to create the hole. For additional details on threading and taps, please consult the Machinery's Handbook, available in many machine shops and bookstores.


Part Number
Description
Price
Availability
99943
English (Imperial) Tap: 6-80 Thread
$30.50
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74580
English (Imperial) Tap: 3/16"-100 Thread
$27.40
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71598
English (Imperial) Tap: 1/4"-20 Thread
$27.40
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71529
English (Imperial) Tap: 1/4"-80 Thread
$27.40
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99940
English (Imperial) Tap: 1/4"-100 Thread
$35.70
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60202
English (Imperial) Tap: 5/16"-32 Thread
$28.40
Today
60242
English (Imperial) Tap: 3/8"-40 Thread
$26.40
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83373
English (Imperial) Tap: 0.535"-40 Thread (SM05 Standard)
$86.20
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46720
English (Imperial) Tap: 0.800"-36 Thread (RMS Standard)
$73.60
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97355
English (Imperial) Tap: 1.035"-40 Thread (SM1 Standard)
$86.20
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Specialty Taps - Metric

Item # Thread Pilot Bore
Diameter
Drill
Sizea
Common Uses
99946M3 x 0.252.7 mm (0.106")#36Fine Adjustment Screws,
MAS Screws
99833M4.5 x 0.54.0 mm (0.157")#22-
97368M6 x 0.55.5 mm (0.217")-Aspheric Lens Housingsb
71498M6 x 1.0
(M6 Standard)
5.0 mm (0.197")#9M6 Mounting Holes
48443M8 x 0.57.5 mm (0.295")MAspheric Lens Housingsb
98109M9 x 0.58.5 mm (0.335")-Aspheric Lens Housingsb
43122M10 x 0.59.5 mm (0.374")--
98110M11 x 0.510.5 mm (0.413")ZMounted Aspheric Lens Pair Housingsb
46152M12 x 0.511.5 mm (0.453")29/64"Aspheric Lens Housingsb
45283M14 x 0.513.5 mm (0.531")--
99925M25 x 0.75
(M25 Standard)
24.0 mm (0.945")-M25-Threaded Objectives
  • Item #s with drill sizes listed have a pilot bore diameter equal to a standard drill size. For item #s without a corresponding standard drill size, please refer solely to the pilot bore diameter column, as drill bits in that size are not available.
  • The webpages for our mounted aspheric lenses indicate the internal thread of the lens housing.
  • Specialized Taps
  • Covers Most Threads Used by Thorlabs

These specialty taps aid in the integration of our optomechanical components into your custom-built devices. Our metric taps selection includes the majority of thread standards used by Thorlabs. Please see above for our imperial taps, as well as taps for our SM05 (0.535"-40) and SM1 (1.035"-40) standards.

Tapping Recommendations
To tap a hole, machine a pilot bore, using the table to the right to find the recommended pilot bore diameter. The bore can be made using a drill bit, an end mill, or either of these followed by a reamer. Next, secure the tap into a tap wrench, drill press, or lathe to create the threads. If resistance is felt while tapping, carefully rotate the tap backwards to remove it, as broken taps are exceptionally difficult to remove. The use of a lubricant or tapping fluid will make it easier to create the hole. For additional details on threading and taps, please consult the Machinery's Handbook, available in many machine shops and bookstores.


Part Number
Description
Price
Availability
99946
Metric Tap: M3 x 0.25 Thread
$35.70
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99833
Metric Tap: M4.5 x 0.5 Thread
$31.60
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97368
Metric Tap: M6 x 0.5 Thread
$26.40
Today
71498
Metric Tap: M6 x 1.0 Thread (M6 Standard)
$25.20
Today
48443
Metric Tap: M8 x 0.5 Thread
$30.50
Today
98109
Metric Tap: M9 x 0.5 Thread
$32.60
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43122
Metric Tap: M10 x 0.5 Thread
$46.30
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98110
Metric Tap: M11 x 0.5 Thread
$47.40
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46152
Metric Tap: M12 x 0.5 Thread
$48.20
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45283
Metric Tap: M14 x 0.5 Thread
$55.70
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99925
Customer Inspired!Metric Tap: M25 x 0.75 Thread (M25 Standard)
$135.00
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