Electroplated Bond Grinding Tooling
What is Electroplated Diamond and CBN Grinding Tooling?
Electroplated Diamond and CBN are unique, in that unlike other bonding systems,(resin or metal bonded), there is only a single layer of abrasive on its cutting or grinding edge. The abrasive is held in place on a performed steel blank. Using a hard nickel electroplating process. During manufacture, this mickel plating is built up around the cystal, to approximately 50% of the crystal's height, This high exposure of the diamond or cbn abrasive offers some very real advantages over more typical bonding methods.
When to use electroplated tooling? Since there is not any bond to clear away to expose new cutting crystals, plated superabrasive tools are ideally suited for difficult to work with materials. Diamond plated tools are commonly used on fiberglass, aerospace, composities, friction materials, glass, carbon, carbide natural and synthetic marble.
CBN plated tools are successfully used on tough steels such as D2, stainless, inconel, stellite and haselloy to name just a few. With the abrasive fully exposed and ready to work, plated tools are extremely fast and free-cutting. The result with no wheel dressing required.
A second advantages of the plated bonding system is its ability to maintain a consistent form and diameter. Once the form has been machined into the tool blank and then coated with abrasive, it keeps its same dimensions throughout the life of the tool. Tight tolerances, including complex forms can be maintained, even after thousands of parts ground. Substantial saving can be achieved by recycling your exhausted wheel blank. Used correctly, a single layer of abrasive goes a long way.