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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

TTT001 Dimensions
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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
Today
TTT001/M
Table Tapping Guide for M6 Threads
$55.00
2 Weeks
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Universal Tap Wrench

Sliding Crossbar
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Crossbar Slides for Additional Torque
  • Universal 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. 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
Today
XE25TG
Tap Guide for 25 mm Rails
$66.30
Today
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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
$97.00
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Specialty Taps - Imperial

Item #ThreadPilot Bore
Diameter
Drill
Sizea
Common Uses
99943 6-80 0.125" 1/8" Fine Adjustment Screws
74580 3/16"-100 0.177" #16 Ultra Fine Adjustment Screws
71598 1/4"-20 0.201" #7 1/4"-20 Mounting Holes
71529 1/4"-80 0.238" B Fine Adjustment Screws
99940 1/4"-100 0.240" - Fine Adjustment Screws
60202 5/16"-32 0.281" 9/32" UFS Nuts
60242 3/8"-40 0.348" S FAS Nuts
83373 0.535"-40
(SM05 Standard)
0.508" - Ø1/2" Lens Tubes
46720 0.800"-36
(RMS Standard)
0.772" - RMS-Threaded Objectives
97355 1.035"-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
Today
74580
English (Imperial) Tap: 3/16"-100 Thread
$27.40
Today
71598
English (Imperial) Tap: 1/4"-20 Thread
$27.40
Today
71529
English (Imperial) Tap: 1/4"-80 Thread
$27.40
Today
99940
English (Imperial) Tap: 1/4"-100 Thread
$35.70
Today
60202
English (Imperial) Tap: 5/16"-32 Thread
$28.40
Today
60242
English (Imperial) Tap: 3/8"-40 Thread
$26.40
Today
83373
English (Imperial) Tap: 0.535"-40 Thread (SM05 Standard)
$86.20
Today
46720
English (Imperial) Tap: 0.800"-36 Thread (RMS Standard)
$73.60
Today
97355
English (Imperial) Tap: 1.035"-40 Thread (SM1 Standard)
$86.20
Today
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Specialty Taps - Metric

Item # Thread Pilot Bore
Diameter
Drill
Sizea
Common Uses
99946 M3 x 0.25 2.7 mm (0.106") #36 Fine Adjustment Screws,
MAS Screws
99833 M4.5 x 0.5 4.0 mm (0.157") #22 -
97368 M6 x 0.5 5.5 mm (0.217") - Aspheric Lens Housingsb
71498 M6 x 1.0
(M6 Standard)
5.0 mm (0.197") #9 M6 Mounting Holes
48443 M8 x 0.5 7.5 mm (0.295") M Aspheric Lens Housingsb
98109 M9 x 0.5 8.5 mm (0.335") - Aspheric Lens Housingsb
43122 M10 x 0.5 9.5 mm (0.374") - -
98110 M11 x 0.5 10.5 mm (0.413") Z Mounted Aspheric Lens Pair Housingsb
46152 M12 x 0.5 11.5 mm (0.453") 29/64" Aspheric Lens Housingsb
45283 M14 x 0.5 13.5 mm (0.531") - -
99925 M25 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
Today
99833
Metric Tap: M4.5 x 0.5 Thread
$31.60
Today
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
Today
43122
Metric Tap: M10 x 0.5 Thread
$46.30
Today
98110
Metric Tap: M11 x 0.5 Thread
$47.40
Today
46152
Metric Tap: M12 x 0.5 Thread
$48.20
Today
45283
Metric Tap: M14 x 0.5 Thread
$55.70
Today
99925
Customer Inspired!Metric Tap: M25 x 0.75 Thread (M25 Standard)
$135.00
Today