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    Hi could someone please tell me the correct settings in solidworks for this linear profile rail. its telling me on the diagram that the bolt size is 4.5mm but when using hole wizard im struggling to find the right settings for a tapped hole. or if i just use standard holes and setting dimensions im only seeing radius so do i just half that so if my hole is 4.5mm i enter 2.25mm in the radius dialog?

    cheers

    Ash

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    Quote Originally Posted by reefy86 View Post
    Hi could someone please tell me the correct settings in solidworks for this linear profile rail. its telling me on the diagram that the bolt size is 4.5mm but when using hole wizard im struggling to find the right settings for a tapped hole. or if i just use standard holes and setting dimensions im only seeing radius so do i just half that so if my hole is 4.5mm i enter 2.25mm in the radius dialog?

    cheers

    Ash
    The rails have larger than normal clearance holes to allow them to be adjusted as needed. If your rails have 4.5mm holes and they are screwed in from the top, you will need to make M4 tapped holes. The pilot hole for a tapped M4 using a cutting tap, as opposed to a rolling one, is 3.3mm.

    The pilot holes are always=nominal diameter-1 pitch length. So an M6 will have a 5mm pilot, a M5 uses a 4.2mm pilot etc.
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    thank you very much :)

  5. #4
    so just to double check. if i make holes in my drawing thats 4.5mm and send that drawing of to be drilled will they tap my holes at 4.5mm or will they just do a basic straight hole at 4.5mm?

    cheers

    Ash

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    im not using the hole wizzard btw im just using a standard 4.5mm circle with an extruded cut.

    cheers

    Ash

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    depends if you send them a drawing or a solid model. As a rule, you should not send a solid model without a drawing to ensure your intentions are met. For example, a solid model may not convey tolernaces.

    A 4.5mm hole is just that. Unless you tell them to tap it to an M4, you will not get at tapped hole. Also worth noting that if you can accept a drilled hole, make a note that the drill point is acceptable. Flat bottomed holes are marginally more expensive.
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    thing is though that really confuses me is when looking at the dimensions from zapp it just shows a diagram with an hole at 4.5mm, im not good at knowing what holes what but in solidwork i select m4 and it has a default settings at 10.10mm blind hole depth and 8.00mm tap thread depth.

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    Slightly confused myself here too. What are you trying to draw up, the rail or the mating part?

    If it is the mating part:
    That setting is fine if you want a threaded hole. It give you two full diameters worth of M4 thread. I am sure you know you cannot tap to the bottom of a blind hole so the 10.10 is pretty decent in my mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reefy86 View Post
    thing is though that really confuses me is when looking at the dimensions from zapp it just shows a diagram with an hole at 4.5mm, im not good at knowing what holes what but in solidwork i select m4 and it has a default settings at 10.10mm blind hole depth and 8.00mm tap thread depth.
    As have been said A 2D drawing is best and if you are asking for holes to bolt the rails to, through holes are much easier to drill and tap. As long as the hole centres are marked and dimensioned on the drawing that will be fine. You can just say drill for M4 or M5 or whatever size you want, the company would then drill the appropriate hole.
    ..Clive
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    forgive me for sounding dumb, so if i ask them to make an m4 hole will they know to tap it or will i have to tell them.

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