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I'm looking to tape numerous threads into the back of my Define R4 Motherboard tray, mostly so i can mount cable clips & other gear behind the tray.
I'm not interested in Nuts/Bolts or any other means, i just want the ability to drill a hole, tape it & screw my fittings in place.

What options do i have, if any?

The Motherboard plate is rather thin within the Define R4, will i even be able to achieve a thread if i were to tap it?

Any recommendations on sizes, technique?

Cheers
post #2 of 4
You can tap it in theory, with eith m3.5 of m4, the only issue I see is that the mobo tray is quite thin, and the screws won't properly thread into the metal. Look into rivinuts or pemnuts. I know you said you did not want to use "nuts or bolts" but the rivinuts and pemnuts are not "nuts" in the basic sense when you think of a nut. Once you drill out the hole, instead of taping, you would insert the rivinut and it would be a perment threaded hole.
I mentioned pem nuts as well, they are a bit more difficult to find, but if you locate the right ones, you would have threaded holes simiular to the stock threaded holes on you case now.


Hope the above info helps
post #3 of 4
If you do tap it directly, use a fine thread m3 - that will give you the most threads in the panel. The thread pitch of a M3 fine thread is .35mm, so divide your parent material by that will tell you how many threads are theoretically possible.

m3.5 Fine is also .35mm so that would work better than m3 if you have 3.5mm available.
post #4 of 4
Can always use rivets, the nice looking ones that do not leave a crooked stub on one end.
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Intel Core i5-4670k Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 EVGA GTX 760 4GB ACX (04G-P4-2768-KR) G.Skill Ares 16GB 2133 dual channel kit 
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SanDisk 128 GB SSD 2x WD Red 2TB SATA3 Stock Windows 8 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG Flatron W2343T Dell SK-8135 EVGA Supernova 1300 80 gold Corsair 900D 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Nexus silent mouse Custom handmade Onboard Creative new thingy. Oh where is my 20-... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 2670qm ASUSTeK K73SD GeForce 610M 8 GB Samsung 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
750 GB Hitachi HTS54somenumbers Matshita DVD-RAM UJ8B0AW Laptop cooling — snakey heatpipe, some heatsink... Windows 8 pro 
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