A spacer is a mechanical part that is meant to maintain the spacing between adjacent parts by pressing against them. Essentially, spacers are small hollow tubes or cylinders, ensuring the precise positioning of screws or bolts. Spacers are used in various types of machines, such as presses, lathes, and screw machines.
The term “spacer” comes from the German word for “space” or “room” (Spaß). There are many different types of spacers in manufacturing. A typical type of spacer is an adjustable-tensioned clamping device that can be adjusted to press on either one or two surfaces simultaneously.
There are several different types of spacers, including:
Different materials are used to make spacers, including:
Although metal remains the most common material, nylon is also commonly used in spacers that need to be non-conductive.
Spacers are used in the following applications:
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