With the advent of 3D printing, thermal inserts have become a go to device when a strong threaded connection is needed. If you are regularly using this technique, this thermal insert rig from NH Design Works is going to increase accuracy, speed, and safety.
For the occasional user, many deploy a soldering iron to heat and press the small brass inserts into a sized hole. It can, however, be a challenge to keep the insertion vertical relative to the part and there’s an increased risk of dropping a hot brass insert into your lap! An experience not to be repeated!
Curing these issues, this rig comes with a variable temperature heat source meaning adjustments can be made for insertions into different plastics. The pressed element has a spring return and can be rotated around the vertical axis to position accurately. The base of the station has tee slots meaning you can attach jigs and guides to aid operations and speeding up repeat jobs for batch processing. It comes with a range of insert tooling for #4-40 and for M3 inserts and tooling for other sized inserts are available.