Tap and die sets are cutting tools used in industries to make threads for screws. The tap cuts the nut while the cuts and screw which are also called male and female parts. When you are making use of tap to cut threads, this procedure is called tapping. The process where the die is used is known as threading. Both taps and dies are also useful in cleaning up the threads.
When are they used?
Tap and die sets are used by mechanics normally for repairs on-site, especially when objects must be threaded again but they are in a fixed spot. Taps are needed when bolt holes are stripped completely, or bolts have been completely cut off. Dies may be used to thread wood rods, metal or plastic, and pipes as well. They may also be used to create shafts when the required length is not available. (more…)