Drillings flow drilling

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US $2-5 / Piece | 10 Piece/Pieces (Min. Order)
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Place of Origin:
Guangdong, China (Mainland)
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Customized Drill Bit
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Packaging Details
Packed in strong carton or as customer's special requirement.
Delivery Time
5-7 working days

Friction drilling


Friction drilling uses a conical bit made of very heat-resistant material such as cemented carbide. This device is pressed against a target material with both high rotational speed and high pressure. That way, there is a high local production of heat which softens the object, making it plastic. The tool then "sinks" through the object, making a hole in it. Lubricants help prevent work-material from adhering to the bit. Unlike drilling, material that is flowed is not lost but it forms a sleeve around the hole. The length of that sleeve is up to 3 times the original thickness of the material. The presence of this metal lip around hole edges makes connections stronger.

Several options are available with this technology. Bits may include a cutting device that removes the typical "collar" of plastified material that flows upwards, so that an even top surface is the result. Drilled starter holes may be used to reduce the required axial force and to leave a smooth finish in the bushing’s lower edge. Internal screw threads may be cut with taps or rolled with dies.


  • Very quick process (2 to 6 seconds).
  • The process reshapes all material so that no material is lost. The excess material forms a sleeve that is about 3 times longer than the original thickness of the target material, which makes it possible to make very strong bolt joints in thin material.
  • It is a clean process because no litter (particles) is produced.
  • No access needed to back of workpiece, as with rivet nuts.
  • Works in almost all kinds of metal.



*Friction drilling is not possible in massive material since displaced metal must be able to flow somewhere. Maximum material thickness is typically half of the hole diameter[4] with bit manufacturers providing specific guidance.
*The target material must be able to withstand the added heat. Materials that have been painted, plastic coated, galvanized, or heat treated are often unsuitable for this process.
*Requires higher motor capacity and rotational speed than conventional drills.