Fasteners 101: Decorative nails

Decorative nails aren’t commonly thought of as a fastener by many people even though their primary purpose is to fasten together materials. These nails are also commonly known as upholstery nails or tacks. Consider the following: Decorative nails traditionally help … Read More

Comparing 300, 400 and 500 Series Steel

Steel is an invaluable material that’s used in the production of countless products. Defined as an alloy of iron and carbon, it’s stronger and more durable than most other materials. These physical characteristics make it ideal for automotive engines, machines, … Read More

What’s the Difference Between Mass Production and Custom Production?

Production is what makes the world go round. Defined as the conversion of raw materials and resources into finished products, it’s the precursor to consumption. People desire specific types of products. Before they can buy and use a product, though, … Read More

Countersunk vs Non-Countersunk Screw Heads: What’s the Difference?

With the exception of “grub screws,” all screws have a head. It’s the top part of a screw that contains a recess for a tool bit. Screws are installed by placing a tool bit into the head’s recess and turning … Read More

Why 3D Printers Use Thermoplastic Materials

Thermoplastic is the most common material from which 3D printers build objects. Nearly all fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printers use a spool of thermoplastic filament. During operation, the FFF 3D printer will feed the filament into its nozzle head. … Read More

What Are the Different Types of Drive Recesses?

Screws and bolts are designed with a recess so that they can be driven into and out of workpieces. Found on the head, it consists of an indention in a specific shape. There are many different types of drive recesses … Read More

An Introduction to the Parts of a Bolt

Along with screws, bolts are one of the most common types of fasteners. They are used specifically to create a bolted joint. A bolt can be driven into two or more workpieces — or components — to hold them together. … Read More