Tubular Rivets

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Tubular Rivets Supplier

Heatfastener is a Tubular rivets supplier and manufacturer for all your rivet needs. We carry blind rivets, plastic rivets, and solid rivets. plastic rivets, hollow rivets, male and female rivets, Besides the rivets themselves, we also supply the tools to help you install the rivets.  We offer hand rivet tools, plastic rivet tools, and air/hydraulic tools as well. We supply more than just rivets, we also supply rivet nuts in many different styles. We offer more than just off-the-shelf rivets. We also manufacture custom rivets. We can offer special make solid or semi-tubular rivets from 1/32 to 3/8 diameter.

Rivet Types

  • Plastic Rivet
  • Blind Rivet
  • Tubular rivet
  • Solid rivet
  • Male Female Rivet
  • Structural rivet
  • Countersunk rivet



Tubular Rivets Specification

Semi-tubular rivets (also known as tubular rivets) a hollow rivet, that has shank hole depth equal to or greater than 112% of the shank diameter, and are essentially the same as solid rivets, but with a shallow hole at the tip, opposite the head. This hole causes the tubular portion of the rivet (around the hole) to roll outward when force is applied. This reduces the amount of force needed for installation—tubular rivets require roughly ¼ of the force of solid rivets.
Semi-tubular rivet is often the preferred rivet style for joints where movement is required (pivot points) because the rivet material only swells at the tail. Common applications for tubular rivets include light fixtures, HVAC ducts, electronics, ladders, and brakes, among many others.
Heatfastener carries a huge inventory of semi-tubular rivets, in a variety of sizes, materials, and head styles. custom tubular rivets

Stainless steel hollow rivet
Titanium Hallow rivet

Tubular Rivet Application

Semi-tubular and tubular rivets are excellent fasteners to quickly and inexpensively join work-piece materials together. The tubular portion of the rivet may be fastened to a tight or loose (hinged assemblies) fit depending on the application. Riveted work-pieces are most often joined together by impacting or compressing the tubular end of the rivet with a crimping die (rivet anvil). The length of the rivet shank must be long enough to pass through the workpiece with enough shank length left over for the clinching process. The tightness of the clinched joint is determined by the amount of force applied to the clinched end of the rivet and can easily be adjusted. Call us, your tubular rivets suppliers today to request a quote for your custom rivets!

Tubular rivets are used to fasten ductwork or assemble mechanical products and electronics. Tubular rivets have a hollow shaft to reduce the amount of force required to apply them. Rivets with a hollow tip are called semi-tubular. Both types can be affixed loosely to function as a pivot point. Tubular rivets are applied with a rivet gun or an automated rivet machine.

Semi tubular rivets can be set either tight or loose, depending upon the application. Each features a hole at the end of the rivet that draws together the materials being joined. Use to fasten soft or hard materials. They join materials without swelling to help prevent damage.

Tubular Rivet Types

Tubular rivets have many types from head types and materials.

Head types

  • Oval
  • Truss
  • Button
  • Flat
  • Countersunk


  • Stainless steel
  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Steel
  • Titanium
  • Carbon steel
Tubular rivet

Advantage Of Tubular Rivets

  • High-speed assembly. Rivets feed automatically in impact Rivet machines that cycle in approximately 3/10th of a second. Spin/orbital methods of clinching cycle in approximately 5-8 seconds
  • Can be clinched in impact rivet machines or in spin/orbital/radial style rivet machines. Air, hydraulic or mechanical presses and hand clinch tools can also be used
  • Clinch force required to fasten is typically less than 40% of solid rivets so a less expensive assembly machine is required
  • Permanent fastener with good joint strength
  • Ease of joint inspection
  • Rivet clinches can be roll-clinched, segmented (star set), spun, flared or press clinched
  • Can be used to fasten similar or different materials of multiple work pieces. Can be applied to tightly fasten joints together or used in hinged assemblies
  • Tubular-hole rivets often used to pierce and clinch materials (leather-corrugated-plastic-rubber-fabric) without a pre-drilled or punched work-piece hole
  • Rivets can also be used with a rivet cap to improve the appearance of the clinched end
  • Long length rivets can be applied without buckling or bending the rivet shank
  • Inexpensive alternative to threaded fasteners
  • Virtually no scrap is produced during the manufacturing process
  • Easily adapted for automation

Tubular Rivets Dimensions Sizes

0.123 0.123 0.1180.2710.2450.043
0.123 0.123 0.1410.3370.3070.056
0.188 0.188 0.1820.4040.3690.063
0.217 0.217 0.2100.4720.4300.075
0.252 0.252 0.2440.5400.4930.084
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Frequently Asked Questions

They are typically used for lighting, brakes, ladders, binders, duct work, mechanical products, and electronics.

Tubular rivets are industrial-strength metal fasteners used for attaching leather straps to heavy-duty bag projects, They have an extra-strength hold, great for bags designed to carry a heavy load.

A tubular rivet, also known as a hollow rivet, has shank hole-depth equal to or greater than 112% of the shank diameter.