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Guidelines for Hardware

We’ve got you covered when it comes to hardware insertion in your laser or waterjet cut metal parts. With a variety of hardware options available, it’s important to make sure that your parts work within the guidelines to ensure a successful fit.

SendCutSend is proud to use PEM(R) hardware.

Pricing and Order Information

Hardware insertion will add a $9 minimum to your cart total, and per-hole pricing will depend on the fastener selected and quantity. 

When planning to place your order, keep in mind that hardware installation adds 1-3 business days to our normal processing times. Check out our Lead Times page for more information.

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)

General Geometry Requirements

All parts that have hardware installation included will need to meet certain size requirements in order to be manufactured correctly: 

  • Min Part Size: 1” x 1.5” 
  • Max Part Size: 36” x 46”

These are general size requirements for hardware insertion. Check the hardware catalog for each type of hardware below before submitting your order to make sure your parts meet all specifications. 

Hardware Options

Press Fit Nuts

Press fit nuts are internally threaded with a knurled outer diameter. Lightweight, simple, and able to withstand high pressure and high torque, press fit nuts are often found in flooring and aircraft applications.

Press fit nuts provide load-carrying threads in metal sheets that are too thin to be tapped.

Press Fit Standoffs

Used to stand parts of an assembly off of each other, press fit or self-clinching standoffs have a wide range of applications. They provide secure fastening for delicate parts, with electrical components being the most widely used in conjunction with press fit standoffs. Press fit standoffs provide a threaded fastener that delivers uniform spacing between parts.

Self-Clinching Studs

Also known as press fit studs, self-clinching studs are designed to be a permanent fastener in your assembly. Made to withstand high torque, stress, and weight environments, studs can be used in dozens of applications to increase the strength and longevity of your part.

Studs are typically used when it is inconvenient or impossible to access one side of a threaded joint or when there is not enough clearance around the joint to have a traditional nut/bolt on the material surface.

How to Add Hardware Installation to Your Order

When you have confirmed your part meets our geometry requirements and you’ve uploaded the file to our app, walk through the normal order process and select “Add Hole Operations.”

 

You’ll see a list of hole options which you can add hardware to, as well as a link to our catalog of hardware options. Select your desired hardware and size, and you’ll see it show up on the 3D preview of your part. Make sure the hardware is placed on the correct face (top or bottom). Click “Add to Cart” and the hardware will be included in your order.

File Setup

If after reading these guidelines you’ve found you need to make some changes to your part design, check out our tutorials for designing and preparing your files in Illustrator, Inkscape, and Fusion 360.

What to Expect

  • Visible tooling marks
  • Beware scratching and marking on anodized or plated parts
  • Hardware should only be used for its intended purpose
    • Shearing, splitting, warping may occur otherwise
  • Improper use of hardware can result in failure.
  • Hardware is installed after anodizing and plating
  • Hardware is installed before powder coating
  • Parts with powder coating will have hardware capped/plugged

Pre-flight Checklist

Before you upload your design files, be sure to go through our pre-flight checklist:

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