What is PCD?
Polycrystalline Diamond, PCD, is the hardest known material and has many advantages in manufacturing. PCD is a synthetic diamond produced by sintering together micron-sized pieces of diamond powder with a metal binder, typically cobalt, under extreme pressure and temperatures.
Why is diamond a good material for a cutting tool?
Diamond cutting tools provide many benefits including the excellent quality finish on the completed part, decreased tool changes, decreased scrap, and increased machine utilization.
What is the difference between PCD and CBN?
Both PCD (polycrystalline diamond) and CBN (cubic boron nitride) tools have their own application range and advantages in manufacturing. PCD is primarily used for machining non-ferrous metals, aluminium alloys and fiberglass materials. CBN is used for machining cast iron and hardened materials.
What is the best practice for handling diamond tools?
While not in use, a PCD tool should be kept in a special container. Do not allow tools to touch each other: it may cause damage on the cutting edge. Do not place tools on the hard surface. For removing chips or other dirt, use a soft brush or a wet cloth.
Can a diamond tool be repaired?
The answer is yes! A PCD tool can be repaired. Some of the tool wear types can be resharpened or re-tipped. Our engineers will evaluate a tool’s condition and recommend a best option for each particular case.