Spiral Pointed Tap

What is Spiral Pointed Tap?

Spiral pointed tap has straight flutes for coolant distribution. It has a slanted Angular-gash and it is on the front end of the taps flute outside the cutting chamber to manage the chips. The tap is utilized mostly for tapping threads through the holes. Spiral pointed tap pushes the chips forward, in front of the tapping direction. It is often called a ‘gun tap’ due to the action of ‘shooting’ chips forward. Spiral pointed tap is a useful tool for tapping through holes, and it’s similar to hand taps, but with the first several threads angled to facilitate chip evacuation. This makes it perfect for working at high speeds in production settings. Spiral point taps share the same physical dimensions as the standard straight flute taps in general. 

Generally speaking, this type of tap has a shallower flute passage than conventional taps. This gives the spiral pointed tap a more cross-sectional area, which offers considerable strength, enables higher tapping speeds, and thus requires less power to drive. Spiral point taps are also very popular due to their versatility. They work well in several types of materials because of the shearing action of the spiral grind, and the fact that chips exiting through the bottom of the hole virtually exterminate the problem of backing out over broken chips on reversal.

Advantages of Spiral Pointed Tap

1. Spiral pointed taps are ideal for through-hole tapping applications.
2. The cutting torque required by spiral pointed taps is the lowest of all cutting taps.
3. The flute design of spiral pointed taps is shallow which provides more toughness against breakage.
4. Spiral pointed taps seldom develop cutting edge chipping caused by ejecting chips.

The Connection Between a Tap, a Gauge, and an Internal Thread

An internal thread can be manufactured by numerous kinds of cutting tools and machining processes as well. The most typical fashion to produce an internal thread is by tapping. A tap transfers its size, accuracy, dimensions, and thread elements into an internal thread when run appropriately. A thread plug gauge measures the size, accuracy, fit, and function of a thread. Spiral Pointed taps have a bigger thread class because they tend to cut closer to tap size. And oversized tap is recommended in the following conditions:

● When the coating is applied to internal threads after tapping, (a tap that is oversized by 4 times the coating thickness is recommended.)
● When a tapping process is performed with machines having an inflexible feed mechanism, there will be little thread enlargement in the axial direction. Choose a tap that has as large of a thread class as possible.
● When the material-shrinking inclination is tiny and tool wear develops quickly owing to the work material characteristics.
● When material shrinking is anticipated because of the material characteristics and geometries of the work-pieces.

Other Types of Thread Taps

Bottoming Tap
A bottoming tap does not have a taper at the end for it is designed to create a  thread all the way to the bottom of its reach. Only 1 to 1.5 threads will be tapered. Bottoming taps are helpful in threading blind holes. It’s advisable to thread most of the hole with a taper tap first, and then finish the bottom of the hole with a bottoming tap.

Taper Tap
A taper tap has quite a lot of taper to facilitate its ease into cutting threads gradually. In general, the first 8 to 10 threads are tapered. Taper taps are the most ordinary types of taps and are usually what you’ll have in a tap and die set in the beginning.

Plug Tap
Plug taps feature some of the characteristics of bottoming taps and tapered taps; they have 3 to 5 threads tapered. Unfortunately, the nomenclature is not always consistent. Some consider plug taps “Second Taps” and refer to bottoming taps as plug taps. Be sure to double-check what you get before continuing the machining process.

Spiral Flute Taps
Spiral flute taps are commonly utilized in blind holes and when threads are required close to the bottom of the hole. They are accessible in several different helix options, which are chosen based on the type of material being tapped. The basic principle is that the softer and stringier the material is, the higher the helix angle. The higher helix angle brings the stringy chip up and out of the hole for easy disposal. Harder materials require lower angles because these materials tend to break or crumble easily if curled too tightly. This could give rise to problems because crumbled chips will fall back into the hole and either break the tap or tear threads on reversal.

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