Sheet Metal Tapping Services

Tapping is the process of forming threads in the holes of a part to later allow for the addition of hardware. SendCutSend’s tapping services save you time, hassle, and money. 

Easily add hardware to your laser cut design using SendCutSend’s tapping service. 

Starting at $9 per order

Tapping Laser Cut Holes with SendCutSend

Tapping sheet metal requires understanding thread sizes and types for fasteners, choosing the correct hole size and the correct tap for your material thickness.  Utilizing specialized, automated equipment, we precisely laser-cut a hole, create some threading, and send you on your way with your completed part. We have expertly trained staff members (and robots) that focus on just this process alone. 
When you tap laser cut holes with SendCutSend, here’s what to expect:

Tap laser cut holes on a variety of materials

SendCutSend tapping services can be applied to a variety of materials in several thickness levels. Choose from Aluminum, Copper, Brass, Stainless Steel, Mild Steel, Chromoly, Delrin, HDPE or ABS. Reference our material thickness max/min chart for a full list of our in-stock material thicknesses.

We help you determine the correct hole size for your part

Using the correct hole size is extremely important when tapping sheet metal. We provide a thorough thread sizing chart of SendCutSend’s available thread options so that you can assure you have the correct hole size for your part.

Thread/Tap Hole Size Chart

Tap Drill Size 65% MM Drill Size 50% MM
4-40 0.091 2.32 0.096 2.43
6-32 0.112 2.84 0.116 2.94
8-32 0.138 3.51 0.144 3.65
10-32 0.164 4.17 0.170 4.31
1/4-20 0.209 5.31 0.219 5.56
1/4-28 0.221 5.62 0.228 5.79
5/16-18 0.266 6.76 0.277 7.03
5/16-24 0.278 7.07 0.281 7.13
3/8-16 0.323 8.21 0.332 8.43
3/8-24 0.341 8.67 0.348 8.83
1/2-13 0.435 11.05 0.453 11.50
1/2-20 0.459 11.66 0.469 11.91
M2 x 0.4 0.065 1.66 0.069 1.75
M2.5 x 0.45 0.083 2.11 0.087 2.20
M3 x 0.5 0.102 2.60 0.106 2.69
M4 x 0.7 0.134 3.41 0.138 3.50
M5 x 0.8 0.170 4.32 0.177 4.49
M6 x 1.0 0.203 5.16 0.212 5.38
M8 x 1.25 0.274 6.96 0.283 7.18
M10 x 1.5 0.344 8.74 0.354 8.99

Get better, faster, and more afforadble parts!

“I really can’t say enough good things about SendCutSend.  I love this place.  They answered my support questions immediately, even over the weekend.  The website was easy to use for uploading and selecting materials and gave me detailed information on the status of the order. The parts arrived within a week and were perfect.  This opens up a whole new way of making parts, one that is faster, better, and cheaper.  My plasma cutter might get jealous.”
JeFF Lit

The more you tap the more you save

Tapping starts at $9 per design. Need a ton of parts tapped? As soon as you add a second identical part to your order, you save 20%. As your number of parts increases, so does your discount. We offer quantity discounts up to 60% off.

Image of a laser cut 304 stainless steel part on a white background

We work within tight tolerances with accuracy

With our fiber laser cutters, we’re able to make highly accurate cuts with tight tolerances within +/-.005″ or better.

Quality control inspection on every tap

Whether you’re tapping one or 500 parts, our team of quality control specialists inspect each of your parts for any errors, big or small. If we see an issue, we’ll reach out to you to correct it before tapping the hole.

See why customers dig us: SendCutSend reviews

Free shipping anywhere in the USA, and $19 flat rate to Canada

Standard orders are shipped with 2-day free shipping, anywhere in the USA. We also ship parts to anywhere in Canada for $19 flat-rate shipping on all standard orders.

24/7 access to our support team

Our customer support team and application engineers are available to assist you with any questions you have about your order. Email us at support@sendcutsend.com and we’ll get back to you within 4 hours during business hours.

Make sure your parts are ready to be tapped

Before uploading your files for tapping, take a moment to read our tapping guidelines. In these guidelines we go through setup and cost, understanding thread types and sizes for fasteners, choosing the correct hole size and tap, and more.

Materials Available for Tapping

4130 Chromoly

Laser Cut 4130 Chromoly

The perfect steel for applications that demand high strength.
Learn More

5052 H32 Aluminum

Laser Cut 5052 H32 Aluminum

Inexpensive, lightweight and versatile metal.
LEARN MORE

6061 T6 Aluminum

Laser Cut 6061 T6 Aluminum

Perfect for aerospace and automotive applications.
LEARN MORE

7075 T6 Aluminum

Laser Cut 7075 T6 Aluminum

Extra strong aluminum perfect for your aerospace panels and parts.
Learn More

ABS

CNC Cut ABS Plastic

The perfect material for prototypes, lab equipment, and instrument panels.
LEARN MORE

Brass

Laser Cut Brass

Attractive metal to use in decorative projects.
LEARN MORE

Copper

Laser Cut Copper

Perfect for electric components and architectural elements.
LEARN MORE

Delrin® 150

Delrin® 150

An abrasion-resistant plastic for all your gears and robotics projects.
LEARN MORE

G30 Steel

G30 Steel

Perfect choice for long-term protection and durability due to its unbeatable corrosion resistance.
LEARN MORE

HDPE

HDPE

This easily moldable material has a staggering list of usages from medical to nautical.
LEARN MORE

Mild Steel

Laser Cut Mild Steel

"Standard" common steel. One of our most popular and inexpensive materials.
LEARN MORE

Stainless Steel 304

Laser Cut Stainless Steel 304

Our favorite metal for durable and decorative parts.
LEARN MORE

Best Practices for Tapping Laser Cut Holes with SendCutSend

Play Video

What to expect from your tapped laser cut parts

  • Parts may have some light oil residue
  • Parts may require some deburring
  • Tapped holes near bends could distort and may need chasing
  • Tapping services may add 1-2 days to our production times

Customers getting it done with SendCutSend

Here are just a few projects that have been tapped in house

Tapping FAQs

What materials are available for tapping?

We currently have a variety of materials that are available for tapping.  0.063”-0.500” 5052 Aluminum 0.063”-0.500” 6061 Aluminum 0.125”-0.250” 7075 Aluminum 0.063”-0.250” Copper 0.063”-0.250” Brass 0.030”-0.500” 304 Stainless Steel 0.062”-0.250” 316 Stainless Steel 0.030”-0.500” Mild Steel 0.050”-0.250” 4130 Chromoly 0.125”-0.250” Delrin 0.250”-0.500” HDPE 0.125”-0.250” ABS It’s important to choose the correct tap for your

Read More »

What file formats do you accept?

We have a few different file types we accept based on what software you are using to design your parts. Software Supported File Type AutoCAD .dxf Solidworks .dxf Fusion360 .dxf CorelDraw .eps Inkscape .eps Adobe Illustrator .ai We do not accept zipped folders or links to file locations. We also do not accept PDFs,

Read More »

Can I powder coat my bent or tapped part?

Yes, you can powder coated bent and tapped parts but there are a few things to know. If your powder coated parts are bent, be aware that the die witness marks from the press brake will be visible through the coating. At this time, we cannot plug tapped holes before the parts are powder

Read More »

How do I set up my file for tapping?

When setting up your design for tapping, make sure that the holes are sized to the correct drill size corresponding to your needed tap size. Reference this helpful drill and tap size chart to see what your part needs.  For ideal thread engagement, your tapped hole should be 1-1.5X the bolt diameter. For example,

Read More »

How do you calculate pricing for laser cutting?

The pricing for our services and post-processing operations is based on a number of factors, including material, material thickness, material weight, quantity, shape (geometry), and the overall design. We calculate over two dozen factors to give you the most accurate price possible. Please visit our pricing page for complete details.

Read More »

Get an easy and free sheet metal tapping quote

Sheet metal tapping is easier than ever with an instant quote from SendCutSend. All you have to do is upload your sheet metal design and we’ll have it tapped and sent in a matter of days!