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Taps & Dies

Taps and Dies are cutting tools used to create screw threads in solid substances including metal, wood, and plastic. A tap is used to cut the female portion of the mating pair (e.g. a nut). A die is used to cut the male portion of the mating pair (e.g. a bolt). The process of cutting the threads in a hole is called "tapping" the hole. The process of cutting with a die is called "threading" (or sometimes "chasing", although "chasing" is most commonly used when threads are already present but need to be "cleaned up").

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