Threaded Inserts

A threaded insert is a cylindrical tube-shaped piece of metal with an internal thread. Threaded inserts are designed to be placed into existing holes to provide a threaded receptacle so that screws, bolts or other fixings can be installed. Threaded inserts with an external thread are also used to strengthen existing threads or to repair damaged threads usually in metalwork.
How to fit a threaded insert
The first step is to drill, mill tap or cut a hole of the recommended size into the material the insert will be embedded. The second step depends entirely on the type of insert, the material it will be used with and how the insert will be fitted.
Types of Threaded Insert
For plastic
Plastics are generally categorized into two main types Thermoplastic and Thermoset. These two plastics may sound similar but their physical characteristics are very different. Therefore the type of insert used is different.
• Thermoset
Thermoset plastics, due to cross-linking polymers at the curing stage enhance the materials physical and mechanical properties. This process makes thermoset plastic easier to mill and drill, so a press-fit threaded insert is better for this application.
• Thermoplastic
Threaded inserts for thermoplastic materials are more specialized and require a slightly different approach. Inserts are installed by heating the metal insert to a specific temperature. Once the desired temperature is reached the threaded insert is pressed onto the plastic. The heat from the metal melts the plastic and the insert fits into the desired position. When the plastic cools the insert is retained.
Threaded inserts for metal
Threaded inserts for metal have an external thread. The insert is simply matched by thread size and screwed into the existing threaded hole.
Threaded inserts for wood
It is possible to use both press-in and thread-in inserts in wood. If however a hardwood is being used it is advised to prepare a slightly larger hole than the insert and secure with a suitable adhesive. Hardwoods have a higher chance of cracking than other woods.
Materials and finishes
Threaded inserts are available in various materials and finishes and metric course threads to suit every application.
• Brass
• Steel
• Stainless Steel (316 & 302)
• Bright zinc plated
• Clear passivated
• Galvanised
• Plain
Thread sizes
M3, M3.5, M4, M5, M6, M8 and M10

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Description Price Thread Size Flange Diameter Fixing Hole Diameter Body Outside Diameter Body Depth Material Stainless Steel Type Finish Thickness of Material Maximum Thickness of Material Minimum
RS Stock No. 278-584
BrandRS PRO
$38.76
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M3 - 4mm 4.22mm 4.78mm Brass - - - 6.2mm
RS Stock No. 278-534
BrandRS PRO
$37.36
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M3 - 4mm 4.22mm 4.78mm Brass - - - 6.7mm
RS Stock No. 278-556
BrandRS PRO
$40.89
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M4 - 5.6mm 5.64mm 7.95mm Brass - - - 10.2mm
RS Stock No. 278-540
BrandRS PRO
$26.72
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M3.5 - 4.8mm 5.06mm 6.35mm Brass - - - 8.4mm
RS Stock No. 194-304
BrandAVK
$37.29
1 Bag of 50
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M8 17.4mm 13.5mm 13.46mm 11.94mm - - Plain 3.8mm 0.7mm
RS Stock No. 866-0344
Mfr. Part No.50A05R-S90AD16E-C
BrandPramet
$1,148.71
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RS Stock No. 138-893
Mfr. Part No.34367030020/01
BrandBöllhoff
$28.05
1 Bag of 100
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M3 - 5mm - 7.9mm - - Plain - -
RS Stock No. 278-578
BrandRS PRO
$62.93
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M6 - 8mm 8.26mm 12.7mm Brass - - - 16mm
RS Stock No. 623-5599
BrandPOP
$53.53
1 Bag of 100
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M3 5.36mm - - 9.4mm Steel - Clear Passivated, Galvanised - -
RS Stock No. 667-9835
Mfr. Part No.AVKALS3T-470-3.3
BrandAVK
$46.48
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M4 9.91mm 6.75mm 6.73mm 7.75mm - - Plain 3.3mm 2mm
RS Stock No. 664-7368
Mfr. Part No.56000000081/01
BrandBöllhoff
$87.43
1 Lot of 100
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M8 - - - 15mm Steel - Galvanised - -
RS Stock No. 768-0729
BrandRS PRO
$36.35
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M4 11.89mm 8.38mm 8.08mm 16.59mm Steel - Bright Zinc Plated 4.75mm 0.38mm
RS Stock No. 278-607
BrandRS PRO
$51.59
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M4 - 5.6mm 5.64mm 7.95mm Brass - - - 9.4mm
RS Stock No. 278-562
BrandRS PRO
$44.73
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M5 - 6.4mm 6.65mm 9.35mm Brass - - - 12.2mm
RS Stock No. 768-0732
BrandRS PRO
$68.84
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M5 13.49mm 10.16mm 9.7mm 18.19mm Steel - Bright Zinc Plated 4.75mm 0.38mm
RS Stock No. 667-9857
Mfr. Part No.AVKAKS3T-610-6.6
BrandAVK
$62.71
1 Bag of 100
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M6 11.56mm 10mm 9.91mm 9.65mm - - Plain 6.6mm 4.2mm
RS Stock No. 623-5498
BrandPOP
$27.27
1 Bag of 100
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M3 5.3mm 4.8mm 4.7mm 9mm Steel - Galvanised 1.5mm 0.5mm
RS Stock No. 703-1281
Mfr. Part No.34366040230
BrandBöllhoff
$69.77
1 Bag of 100
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M4 - 6mm - - Stainless Steel - Plain - -
RS Stock No. 768-0748
BrandRS PRO
$66.80
1 Bag of 50
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M6 15.88mm 11.43mm 11.13mm 23.34mm Steel - Bright Zinc Plated 9.53mm 4.75mm
RS Stock No. 623-5511
BrandPOP
$43.95
1 Bag of 100
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M6 10.5mm 9.6mm 9.5mm 14.8mm Steel - Galvanised 2.5mm 0.8mm
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