What is formtapping....|
For many engineers, the concept of "Form" tapping or cold forming can be a stumbling block in itself, simply because it is an entirely unfamiliar way of producing a thread.
Forming taps however provide multiple advantages. For ductile work materials, thread forming can provide better size control and stronger threads while improving tool life and productivity.
Unlike thread cutting, no material is removed during thread forming. Rather, the process displaces the material to generate the thread form.
Since the metal's structure is cold worked along the thread profile, the threads produced are generally stronger and have a smooth, burnished surface finish. Cold forming taps can be operated at higher speeds and feeds than conventional taps.
Cold forming technology has been used to produce threads for more than 100 years. Tap designs have changed considerably in that time. This combined with the newest coatings guarantees a very long tool life in most applications.
Forming taps must be applied in materials that cold form well. This includes steels, stainless steels, light metals, light metal alloys and other materials with tensile strength to 1200 N/mm˛. Generally, materials that produce a continuous chip when drilling are good candidates for thread forming.
In combination with Formdrill, thread forming will boost quality and throughput.