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Male-Male Standoffs

Lyn-Tron's Comprehensive Buyer's Guide to All Things Male-Male Standoffs

Standoffs are used to separate, position or connect components in an assembly. Originally designed for spacing and stacking circuit boards, standoffs are now available in a wide variety of materials, platings, threads, and length combinations for different applications. Threads are compatible with other standard, Off-the-Shelf hardware, with custom threads available upon request. Common customization options include unique threads, custom lengths, and non-standard thread depths. Other changes are often easily incorporated into production.

Applications

Standard Male-Male Metric Standoff

Most standoffs, because of their wide range of body lengths, are used to separate components. Male-Male standoffs, while still able to be used for spacing, are more often used to connect components. Most components can be purchased with either a female or male thread, but there are still times when components needing to be connected both have a female thread.  This happens either because the component was only available with a female thread, the component was ordered incorrectly, or when you are trying to retrofit an existing product. Male-Male standoffs fill this connecting need. The fastener is threaded on both ends with a male thread to easily connect 2 female threaded components. Male-Male Standoffs are available in a wide variety of materials and thread sizes. These parts are used in nearly every industry as a connector, standoff, or thread adapter due to their unique, connecting ability.

Selection Guide

To simplify the process of going through all the male-male standoff options, use the below guide to help you find the right part.

  • Step 1 - Outer Diameter (OD)
    • All thread combinations have multiple, standard outside diameters to choose from to help get the exact form, fit and function you are looking for.   

      • - A Larger OD creates a thicker standoff and is an easy way to add strength. The added wall thickness will resist bending or warping during installation, but also adds additional bearing surface on the face of the part. The added bearing surface will reduce or eliminate damage on soft and delicate materials.

      • - Smaller OD’s result in a thin standoff and are perfect when space and weight are the primary concern. Choosing a smaller OD will decrease the footprint of the standoff and allow added room for other components, while reducing the overall weight of the part. 

Outside Diameter Tolerance
Inch 1/4" (0.250") and 5/16" (0.312") ±.005
  • Step 2 - Body Length
    • All Standard Male-Male Standoffs come with a 1/8” Body Length. The body has a hex profile for easy installation and wrench tightening. Parts are machined to a tight tolerance of +/-0.005” (+/-0.13mm) for a secure and consistent fit. Custom lengths, tolerances, diameters and profiles are available upon request.

  • Step 3 - Material & Plating Options
    • When deciding on a material and plating/finish, there are many properties that can be considered. The most common ones include Corrosion and Rust Resistance, Magnetism, Electrical Conductivity, Strength to Weight Properties, Color, and Cost. Review the chart below to see which standard material has the right properties for your application’s environment.  For an explanation of RoHS, Conflict Minerals, WEEE and REACH visit our Technical section.

Materials Corrosion Resistance Magnetic Electrical Conductor Strength to Weight Color Plates
Stainless Steel High Slightly Yes - Poor Above Average Grey Available
Steel Low Strongly Yes - Poor Average Grey Available
Aluminum Average No Yes - Average Very Above Average Grey Available
Brass High No Yes - Below Average Average Yellow Available
Nylon High No No Average White and can be dyed to other colors No
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    • Lyn-Tron has been the leading manufacturer of Electronic Hardware for over 50 years! We offer a full line of standard Electronic Hardware, but will manufacture custom sizes and OEM designed hardware to your print. Contact us today with any requests for Electronic Hardware or custom parts manufacturing.