Self-tapping screws are a type of screw that can create their own threads when they are driven into a material. Unlike traditional screws, which require a pre-drilled hole or an existing thread to be screwed into, self-tapping screws have a sharp, tapered end that can cut into the material and create a thread as the screw is turned. Self-tapping screws are commonly used in metalworking and woodworking applications, as well as in the assembly of plastic and composite materials. They can be used in a variety of materials, including steel, aluminum, plastic, and wood.
Self-tapping screws are available in a variety of styles, including pan head, flat head, and oval head, and can be made from a range of materials, including steel, stainless steel, and brass. They are typically designated by a number that indicates the screw diameter and length. When using self-tapping screws, it is important to choose the right size and type for the material being fastened. The screw should be slightly smaller in diameter than the hole being tapped to ensure a secure fit. It is also important to use the correct driver or bit to avoid stripping the screw head or damaging the material being fastened. Self-tapping screws are a popular choice for fastening materials where traditional screws cannot be used, such as in thin or brittle materials. They can also save time and effort in applications where pre-drilling or tapping would be required for traditional screws.