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Guidelines for Hardware Insertion

When it comes to inserting hardware into your laser- or waterjet-cut metal parts, we've got you covered. Given the range of hardware alternatives available, it's crucial to check that your parts comply with the specifications in order to guarantee a proper fit.

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Pricing and Order Information

Your cart's total will increase by at least $9 for hardware insertion, and the cost per hole may vary depending on the fastener type and quantity. 

Hardware installation extends our standard processing times by 1-3 business days, so keep that in mind when you intend to submit your purchase. For further details, see our Lead Times page.

Materials Available for Hardware

We currently offer five materials in a variety of thicknesses for hardware installation:

  • 5052 Aluminum: 0.040”-0.500” (1mm-12.7mm)

  • 6061 Aluminum: 0.040”-0.500” (1mm-12.7mm)

  • 7075 Aluminum: 0.125”-0.250” (3.17mm-6.35mm)

  • G30 Steel: .048″ – .059″ (.122mm-1.5mm)

  • Mild Steel: .048”-.500” (1.22mm-12.7mm)

Materials Available for Hardware

The following dimensions must all be met by items that include hardware installation in order for them to be manufactured correctly: 

Size Minimum: 1" x 1.5" 
Max Part Dimensions: 36" x 46"


These are the standard specifications for hardware insertion size. Before placing your order, double-check that your parts adhere to all requirements by consulting the hardware catalog for each type of hardware listed below. 

We will automatically adjust the hole to the necessary size based on the hardware selected when choosing your hole operations for the desired hardware in your design. 

Please be aware that they will resize, therefore you will need to make sure you have enough clearance to other features and the material's edges.

Hardware Options

Press Fit Nuts

Press fit nuts have an external diameter that is knurled and an internal thread. Press fit nuts are frequently used in airplanes and flooring because they are lightweight, straightforward, and strong enough to endure high pressure and high torque.

Metal sheets that are too thin to be tapped can now have load-bearing threads thanks to press fit nuts.

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Press Fit Standoffs

Press fit or self-clinching standoffs are used to separate components of an assembly in a variety of situations. In conjunction with press fit standoffs, they offer secure fastening for delicate items, with electrical components being the most frequently used. A threaded fastener that offers consistent spacing between pieces is offered by press fit standoffs.

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Self-Clinching Studs

Self-clinching studs, sometimes referred to as press fit studs, are intended to be a long-lasting fastener in your assembly. Studs can be used in a variety of applications to strengthen and lengthen the life of your item because they are designed to endure high torque, stress, and weight situations.

When it is difficult or impossible to access one side of a threaded joint or when there is not enough room around the joint for a conventional nut or bolt to be on the material surface, studs are frequently employed.

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Flush Head Standoffs and Studs

Despite the fact that our standoffs and studs are nominally flush, your material choices may cause them to be elevated by.015′′.

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