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Vacuum-Compatible Screws


  • Vented Cap Screws, Vented Setscrews, and Thumbscrews for Vacuum Use
  • Constructed of 316 Stainless Steel, A4 Stainless Steel, or 2024-T3 Aluminum
  • All Screws are Shipped Double Vacuum-Bagged

SS25S075V

1/4"-20 Vented Setscrews

SH6MS20V

M6 x 1.0 Vented Cap Screws

TS25HV

Vacuum-Compatible
Thumbscrews

SH8S050V

8-32 Vented Setscrews

SH4MS12V

M4 x 0.7 Vented Cap Screws

Vented screws provide a path for gases to escape blind tapped holes.

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Additional Vacuum-Compatible Components

Many of our other Optomechanical Components can be special ordered for vacuum use. Contact Tech Support for details.

Cross Section of Vented ScrewClick to Enlarge
Vented screws allow trapped gases to escape while under vacuum.

Features

  • Vented 8-32, M4 x 0.7, 1/4"-20, or M6 x 1.0 Cap Screws and Setscrews
  • Vacuum-Compatible Thumbscrews
  • All Components Usable with 10-6 Torr Environments Directly Out of the Packaging
  • Compatible with Lower Pressures with Additional User Processing
  • All Components are Shipped Double Vacuum Bagged for Cleanroom Use

This page features vacuum-compatible versions of our most popular screws. These screws are fabricated from specially selected grades of stainless steel and aluminum for vacuum and cleanroom use. All components are packaged in double airtight bags for cleanroom and vacuum chamber applications. The cross section of a vented screw to the right illustrates the benefits of vented screws when used within a vacuum chamber. We also offer standard cap screws and setscrews in a variety of sizes.

Vacuum Compatibility Information
Our vacuum-compatible screws are chemically cleaned and prepared for vacuum applications before packaging. They are compatible directly out of the packaging with vacuum environments down to 10-6 Torr. With additional cleaning and processing, they can be used at even lower pressures, only limited by the outgassing rate of the aluminum or stainless steel (see the Vacuum Specs tab above or the tables below). The material properties of the aluminum or stainless steel and the cleaning methods completed by the end user should be used to determine the appropriateness of these products and materials in a specific vacuum system.

We also offer other optomechanical components which may be used in vacuum applications. Many of our Polaris™ Mirror Mounts are vacuum compatible. We also offer Unanodized Aluminum or Passivated Stainless Steel Breadboards, which may be used in vacuum applications after undergoing cleaning and processing by the end user.

Vacuum Compatibility Specs

ItemVented Cap Screws & WashersVented SetscrewsThumbscrews
Vacuum Compatibility as Packageda>10-6 Torr
Materials316 Stainless Steel (Imperial)
A4 Stainless Steel (Metric)
2024-T3 Aluminum
Preparation and PackagingChemically Cleaned and Double Vacuum Bagged
Aluminum / Stainless Steel Outgassing Rate at 20 °C1.8 x 10-8 Torr-Liters/s/cm27.6 x 10-9 Torr-Liters/s/cm2
  • This is the pressure at which these components can be used with no additional processing. They can be used at even lower pressures with additional cleaning and processing.

Posted Comments:
ojanguren  (posted 2018-05-04 07:55:49.787)
Dear Sirs, Is it posible to purchase Vented cap screws made of Titanium? Regards, Inigo
llamb  (posted 2018-05-04 05:42:13.0)
Hello Inigo, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. We cannot offer titanium vented cap screws unfortunately. Perhaps a different vendor, such as Vacom in Germany, may be able to offer such titanium screws.

Vented, Vacuum-Compatible 8-32 Cap Screws

Item # Length Thread Hex Vent Hole Material Vacuum Compatibilitya Outgassing Rate at 20 °C Quantity
SH8S038V  3/8" (9.5 mm) 8-32 9/64" Ø0.04"
(Ø1.1 mm)
316 Stainless Steel >10-6 Torr 1.8 x 10-8 Torr-Liters/s/cm2 5
SH8S050V 1/2" (12.7 mm)
  • Pressure at which these components can be used with no additional processing. They can be used at even lower pressures with additional cleaning and processing.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
SH8S038V Support Documentation
SH8S038VNEW!8-32 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Cap Screw, 316 Stainless Steel, 3/8" Long, 5 Pack
$12.00
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SH8S050V Support Documentation
SH8S050VNEW!8-32 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Cap Screw, 316 Stainless Steel, 1/2" Long, 5 Pack
$12.50
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Vented, Vacuum-Compatible M4 x 0.7 Cap Screws

Item # Length Thread Hex Vent Hole Material Vacuum Compatibilitya Outgassing Rate at 20 °C Quantity
SH4MS10V 10 mm (0.39") M4 x 0.7 3 mm Ø1.0 mm
(Ø0.04")
A4 Stainless Steel >10-6 Torr 1.8 x 10-8 Torr-Liters/s/cm2 5
SH4MS12V 12 mm (0.47")
  • Pressure at which these components can be used with no additional processing. They can be used at even lower pressures with additional cleaning and processing.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
SH4MS10V Support Documentation
SH4MS10VNEW!M4 x 0.7 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Cap Screw, A4 Stainless Steel, 10 mm Long, 5 Pack
$12.00
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SH4MS12V Support Documentation
SH4MS12VNEW!M4 x 0.7 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Cap Screw, A4 Stainless Steel, 12 mm Long, 5 Pack
$12.50
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Vented, Vacuum-Compatible 1/4"-20 Cap Screws

Item # Length Thread Hex Vent Hole Material Vacuum Compatibilitya Outgassing Rate at 20 °C Quantity
SH25S038V 3/8" (9.5 mm) 1/4"-20 3/16" Ø0.0625"
(Ø1.6 mm)
316 Stainless Steel >10-6 Torr 1.8 x 10-8 Torr-Liters/s/cm2 5
SH25S050V 1/2" (12.7 mm)
SH25S063V 5/8" (15.9 mm)
SH25S075V 3/4" (19.1 mm)
SH25S100V 1" (25.4 mm)
W25S050V 1/4" Washer (M6 Compatible) 316 Stainless Steel >10-6 Torr 1.8 x 10-8 Torr-Liters/s/cm2 25
  • Pressure at which these components can be used with no additional processing. They can be used at even lower pressures with additional cleaning and processing.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
SH25S038V Support Documentation
SH25S038V1/4"-20 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Cap Screw, 316 Stainless Steel, 3/8" Long, 5 Pack
$10.60
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SH25S050V Support Documentation
SH25S050V1/4"-20 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Cap Screw, 316 Stainless Steel, 1/2" Long, 5 Pack
$12.35
Today
SH25S063V Support Documentation
SH25S063V1/4"-20 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Cap Screw, 316 Stainless Steel, 5/8" Long, 5 Pack
$12.89
Today
SH25S075V Support Documentation
SH25S075V1/4"-20 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Cap Screw, 316 Stainless Steel, 3/4" Long, 5 Pack
$15.08
Today
SH25S100V Support Documentation
SH25S100V1/4"-20 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Cap Screw, 316 Stainless Steel, 1" Long, 5 Pack
$21.75
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
W25S050V Support Documentation
W25S050V1/4" (M6) Vacuum-Compatible Washer, 316 Stainless Steel, 25 Pack
$7.74
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Vented, Vacuum-Compatible M6 x 1.0 Cap Screws

Item # Length Thread Hex Vent Hole Material Vacuum Compatibilitya Outgassing Rate at 20 °C Quantity
SH6MS10V 10 mm (0.39") M6 x 1.0 5 mm Ø0.0625" 
(Ø1.6 mm)
A4 Stainless Steel >10-6 Torr 1.8 x 10-8 Torr-Liters/s/cm2 5
SH6MS12V 12 mm (0.47")
SH6MS16V 16 mm (0.63")
SH6MS20V 20 mm (0.79")
SH6MS25V 25 mm (0.98")
W25S050V 1/4" Washer (M6 Compatible) 316 Stainless Steel >10-6 Torr 1.8 x 10-8 Torr-Liters/s/cm2 25
  • Pressure at which these components can be used with no additional processing. They can be used at even lower pressures with additional cleaning and processing.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
W25S050V Support Documentation
W25S050V1/4" (M6) Vacuum-Compatible Washer, 316 Stainless Steel, 25 Pack
$7.74
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
SH6MS10V Support Documentation
SH6MS10VM6 x 1.0 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Cap Screw, A4 Stainless Steel, 10 mm Long, 5 Pack
$7.81
Today
SH6MS12V Support Documentation
SH6MS12VM6 x 1.0 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Cap Screw, A4 Stainless Steel, 12 mm Long, 5 Pack
$13.01
Today
SH6MS16V Support Documentation
SH6MS16VM6 x 1.0 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Cap Screw, A4 Stainless Steel, 16 mm Long, 5 Pack
$13.99
Today
SH6MS20V Support Documentation
SH6MS20VM6 x 1.0 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Cap Screw, A4 Stainless Steel, 20 mm Long, 5 Pack
$17.71
Today
SH6MS25V Support Documentation
SH6MS25VM6 x 1.0 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Cap Screw, A4 Stainless Steel, 25 mm Long, 5 Pack
$25.13
Today

Vented, Vacuum-Compatible 8-32 Setscrews

Item # Length Thread Hex Vent Hole Material Vacuum Compatibilitya Outgassing Rate at 20 °C Quantity
SS8S050V 1/2" (12.7 mm) 8-32 5/64" Ø0.04"
(Ø1.1 mm)
316 Stainless Steel >10-6 Torr 1.8 x 10-8 Torr-Liters/s/cm2 5
  • Pressure at which these components can be used with no additional processing. They can be used at even lower pressures with additional cleaning and processing.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
SS8S050V Support Documentation
SS8S050VNEW!8-32 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Setscrew, 316 Stainless Steel, 1/2" Long, 5 Pack
$12.00
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Vented, Vacuum-Compatible M4 x 0.7 Setscrews

Item # Length Thread Hex Vent Hole Material Vacuum Compatibilitya Outgassing Rate at 20 °C Quantity
SS4MS12V 12 mm (0.47") M4 x 0.7 2 mm Ø1.2 mm
(Ø0.05")
A4 Stainless Steel >10-6 Torr 1.8 x 10-8 Torr-Liters/s/cm2 5
  • Pressure at which these components can be used with no additional processing. They can be used at even lower pressures with additional cleaning and processing.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
SS4MS12V Support Documentation
SS4MS12VNEW!M4 x 0.7 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Setscrew, A4 Stainless Steel, 12 mm Long, 5 Pack
$12.00
Today

Vented, Vacuum-Compatible 1/4"-20 Setscrews

Item # Length Thread Hex Vent Hole Material Vacuum Compatibilitya Outgassing Rate at 20 °C Quantity
SS25S050V 1/2" (12.7 mm) 1/4"-20 1/8" Ø0.0625"
(Ø1.6 mm)
316 Stainless Steel >10-6 Torr 1.8 x 10-8 Torr-Liters/s/cm2 5
SS25S075V 3/4" (19.1 mm)
  • Pressure at which these components can be used with no additional processing. They can be used at even lower pressures with additional cleaning and processing.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
SS25S050V Support Documentation
SS25S050V1/4"-20 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Setscrew, 316 Stainless Steel, 1/2" Long, 5 Pack
$12.36
Today
SS25S075V Support Documentation
SS25S075V1/4"-20 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Setscrew, 316 Stainless Steel, 3/4" Long, 5 Pack
$12.88
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Vented, Vacuum-Compatible M6 x 1.0 Setscrews

Item # Length Thread Hex Vent Hole Material Vacuum Compatibilitya Outgassing Rate at 20 °C Quantity
SS6MS12V 12 mm (0.47") M6 x 1.0 3 mm Ø1.6 mm
(Ø0.0625")
A4 Stainless Steel >10-6 Torr 1.8 x 10-8 Torr-Liters/s/cm2 5
SS6MS20V 20 mm (0.79")
  • Pressure at which these components can be used with no additional processing. They can be used at even lower pressures with additional cleaning and processing.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
SS6MS12V Support Documentation
SS6MS12VM6 x 1.0 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Setscrew, A4 Stainless Steel, 12 mm Long, 5 Pack
$12.36
Today
SS6MS20V Support Documentation
SS6MS20VM6 x 1.0 Vacuum-Compatible Vented Setscrew, A4 Stainless Steel, 20 mm Long, 5 Pack
$12.88
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Vacuum-Compatible Thumbscrews

Specifications
Vacuum Compatibility
as Packageda
>10-6 Torr
Materials 2024-T3 Aluminum
Preparation and
Packaging
Chemically Cleaned and
Double Vacuum Bagged
Aluminum Outgassing
Rate at 20 °C
7.6 x 10-9 Torr-Liters/s/cm2
Maximum Torque 28 in·lbs (3.2 N·m)
  • This is the pressure at which these components can be used with no additional processing. They can be used at even lower pressures with additional cleaning and processing.

The TS25HV and TS6HV/M are 1/4"-20 or M6 x 1.0-threaded for compatibility with our imperial or metric Vacuum-Compatible Ø1/2" Post Holders, respectively. Please note that we do not recommend using an L wrench hex key to tighten these thumbscrews, as this may break off the screw head. The recommended maximum torque is 28 in·lbs (3.2 N·m). We also offer standard spring-loaded thumbscrews.

TS25HV Mechanical Drawing
TS25HV Drawing
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
TS25HV Support Documentation
TS25HV3/16" Hex-Locking Thumbscrew, 1/4"-20 Thread, Vacuum Compatible
$11.28
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+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
TS6HV/M Support Documentation
TS6HV/M5 mm Hex-Locking Thumbscrew, M6 x 1.0 Thread, Vacuum Compatible
$10.93
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