What is a Blind Rivet? What is a Blind Rivet?

Blind rivets, not to be confused with standard rivets, are relatively new. While standard rivets have been used for many years, blind rivets were developed as recently as the 1930s. To learn more about these rivets, check out the information below.

Blind Rivet History

Blind rivets were developed by engineers looking for a way to install fasteners by a single worker. Previously, attaching of a rivet required two workers, one on each side of the material to which a rivet was to be attached.

Blind Rivet Types

Blind rivet use is virtually unlimited. They are made from a variety of materials and are used to fasten materials of nearly every description. Some materials fastened by blind rivets are as small as miniature circuit boards in cell phones, while others are as large as the gigantic metal beams used to build bridges.

How Blind Rivets are Attached

These rivets are made up of a hollow shaft with a flared head on top of the shaft. To attach the rivet to the material, a special tool grabs the rod and pulls the rivet through a hole in the material, then flares the tip on the far side, keeping it from being pulled back through the hole.  

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