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Old 06-28-04, 08:11 AM
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I'm working on a craft project where I need to cut some threads onto a 1/16" diameter metal rod. Thread size is immaterial as long as I can get some small nuts for it. Does anyone know if dies are made in that size and where they could be purchased?
 
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Old 06-28-04, 04:04 PM
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Are you sure it's 1/16" diameter?

sandy2000,

I checked my tap chart and the lowest it shows is a #0 thread size which takes a 3/32" tap drill which is bigger than 1/16".
What you are asking for would be in the realm of a watchmaker's trade and I don't have a clue where you would get a die this size.
Also, because the material is so thin you may have trouble actually threading it as the rod will want to twist.

Perhaps you could tell us what the rod is made of and what the project is and we may have a different idea for you.
 
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Old 06-29-04, 03:14 AM
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Your right!

I hadn't thought in terms of "could the threads actually be cut". I'm making small airplanes out of aluminum cans and the kit contained small plastic caps to put on the 1/16" struts etc . All of the parts are readily available in bulk locally except for these small caps. I thought a small nut would be more than adequate. I'll keep racking my brain.
 
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Old 06-29-04, 05:33 AM
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sandy2000,

How about a small dot of five minute epoxy on the end of the shaft?
 
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Old 07-02-04, 10:24 PM
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Micro dies (and taps) fall into the UMT (Unified Miniature Thread) classes which were officially established in 1958 mostly for fine machinery, jewelry and clock/watch making. The majority of taps/dies/fasteners available in this thread class is Metric. More info from you is needed to provide a supply source for the die and nuts; such as the material you will be threading, the TPI (Threads Per Inch) you're seeking, and thread engagement wanted. You may be best served using your favorite search engine for "Unified Miniature Thread."
 
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