PCD, Poly­crys­talline Dia­mond, is the hard­est man made mate­r­i­al on the plan­et and has many advan­tages in man­u­fac­tur­ing. PCD is a syn­thet­ic dia­mond pro­duced by sin­ter­ing togeth­er micron-sized dia­mond pow­der pieces with a met­al binder, typ­i­cal­ly cobalt, under extreme pres­sure and tem­per­a­tures. The cobalt adds tough­ness to the mate­r­i­al and ren­ders the mate­r­i­al elec­tri­cal­ly con­duc­tive. The car­bide sub­strate pro­vides a braze­able lay­er of material.

PCD is rec­om­mend­ed for machin­ing non-fer­rous and non-metal­lic mate­ri­als such as alu­minum, brass, com­pos­ite mate­ri­als, cop­per, fiber­glass, green ceram­ics, and carbides.

Poly­crys­talline Cubic Boron Nitride, CBN, is the sec­ond hard­est known mate­r­i­al after PCD. CBN is pro­duced by sin­ter­ing togeth­er micron-sized pieces of cubic boron nitride with ceram­ic mate­ri­als under extreme pres­sure and tem­per­a­tures. The car­bide sub­strate pro­vides a braze­able lay­er of material.

CBN is extreme­ly abra­sion-resis­tant and has high ther­mal sta­bil­i­ty. CBN is rec­om­mend­ed for machin­ing fer­rous mate­ri­als such as hard­ened steels, cast iron, pow­dered met­als, and superalloys.

High pro­duc­tive PCD and CBN tools can be resharp­ened or repaired as a smart eco­nom­ic option even after inten­sive usage. With over 37 years of expe­ri­ence in tool man­u­fac­tur­ing, we offer new tools and tool recon­di­tion­ing ser­vices for var­i­ous types of used PCD and CBN tools.

You can rely on our engi­neers when look­ing for the best tool to fit your spe­cif­ic needs. Some typ­i­cal infor­ma­tion we need to get start­ed include the following:

  • The mate­r­i­al you want to process with our tools.
  • How long you plan to use the tools: days, weeks, or months.
  • Sur­face fin­ish qual­i­ty requirements.

Pro­vid­ing such infor­ma­tion, you are help­ing us to cre­ate the prop­er tool includ­ing the grade of PCD and CBN (from sub­mi­cron to mul­ti-modal grain size) to fit a vari­ety of applications.

Whether you need PCD, CBN or dif­fer­ent types of cut­ting tools, our engi­neers are here to help assist you make the best deci­sion for your appli­ca­tion. Feel free to request a quote or call us at (847) 740‑6875.