Do you need special screws for plastic?

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The screw is one of the most common fasteners. But not all screws are suitable for all uses. There is a great variety, so it is essential to choose the most appropriate for each type of fastening, the material to be screwed, the load to be supported and the ease of assembly and disassembly of the joint made.

1 – The head. It is the upper part. It can be flat -it is flush with the screwed surface, but not recessed-; countersunk -it is recessed and does not protrude-; round, hexagonal, butterfly… in all these types the head remains outside the screwed support. It can also have -or not- what is called a recess or indentation, which is where the screwdriver rests to insert the screw and tighten it. Screws that do not have a recess are secured with an open-end wrench. The recess or slotted pattern on the head determines the type of screwdriver to be used. The most common recesses are:

Carpentry work. Flat head and countersunk screws, which are flush or concealed, are the most common. It is not necessary to pre-drill a hole to insert them, since they are pointed, with the whole threaded body and well marked grooves, which enter without difficulty in wood and chipboard.

Plastic car screws

For other uses of this term, see Screw (disambiguation).The screw is a simple machine that derives directly from the inclined plane and always works in association with a threaded hole. Basically it can be defined as an inclined plane rolled over a cylinder, or more realistically, a helical groove carved into the surface of a cylinder (if it is carved over a tapered cylinder or cone we will have a lag screw). Three basic parts can be distinguished: head, neck and thread.[1] Hexagonal head screw

The screw derives directly from the simple machine known as the inclined plane and always works in association with a threaded hole.[2] Screws allow the parts fastened with them to be disassembled when the occasion requires it.

Screws can withstand even greater weight or traction, but beyond their capacity they will crack and may break. Screws made of harder alloys can withstand greater weight or pull, but they also have a limit and lower toughness than screws made of softer alloys. If you use a bolt that has been over-tightened, regardless of its hardness, it can easily break because its tensile strength (toughness) is very low.

Screw for plastics

If we want to work on a brick or concrete wall, or on plasterboard, we need dowels; although we would rule out wood, dowels provide an iron grip on solid materials, and both anchors and brackets are optimal on panels and hollow materials.

To attach an object to the ceiling, or to a wall, we need plastic plugs and screws that we would drive into them; there would be plugs for concrete, brick, gypsum block, aerated concrete, perforated stone, hollow building blocks, wood wool and drywall.

It is convenient to buy sets of plastic dowels with their screws; this way, they match each other. Good quality screws and nylon dowels are recommended; cheaper dowels produce a less secure grip, and cheaper screws could bend or even break if tightened forcefully.

Finally, to choose a screw and dowel you would have to calculate the weight supported; likewise, the wall material is no less important. We would use universal wall plugs, brass anchors, hammer anchors, short panel anchors, butterfly anchors, aerated concrete anchors or chemical anchors.

Plastic screws with nut

Regardless of the application, we often find it necessary to combine various 3D printed components with screws and threaded fasteners. With our growing portfolio of versatile and reliable engineering resins, the differences between display prototypes and functional prototypes are diminishing.

Read our comprehensive guide to FDM and SLA 3D printers to learn how they differ in print quality, materials, applications, work process and costs, among other factors.

Cons: Screws provide a good fit, but the threads will not hold up to repeated use in the same way as metal threads. Standard resins can also be used, but are more likely to crack.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for dimensioning the nut and print it using high-impact engineering materials (such as our Tough Resin or Durable Resin). Post cure the parts completely before using the screws. If you are prototyping an injection-molded part that will require the use of threaded fasteners or thread-cutting screws during final assembly, this is a good option for printing the part and testing.