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Tips for effectively cutting nickel-based alloys by knowing the material’s characteristics

Nickel-based alloys are of course mainly composed of nickel. These alloys are highly resistant to heat and often used for aircraft engine parts that are exposed to high temperature conditions. Machining of nickel-based alloys is very difficult because it differs greatly from general steel. Many manufacturers have experience machining nickel-based alloys with cemented carbide tools. Machining is difficult and the insert edges are quick to wear down. In this article, we will…

How to Make Ceramic Cutting Tools from Scratch

Do you know how ceramic cutting tools are made as described in my previous column, “Two reasons why ceramic tools can perform high-speed cutting”? Many people understand how carbide tools are made, but do you know how ceramic tools are made? In this article, we will discuss the process of making ceramic tools. 1. Blending process This is the process of making the base of the ceramic insert. It consists of two…

5 types of ceramics used to make cutting tools

When you hear the word “ceramic”, the first thing people may think of is the “white” material used for plates and sanitary ware (toilets). But that type of ceramic is just one of a number of ceramics. There are as many as five ceramics used for cutting tools. In this article, we will introduce the 5 types of ceramic used in cutting tools. What is ceramic in the first place? In a…

Two reasons why ceramic tools can be used for “high-speed cutting”

If you hear “ceramic tool”, does an image of it “breaking” come to mind? Like if you drop a tea cup, it’s breaking, right? In this article, we will discuss two reasons why ceramic tools can realize significant “productivity improvement” at the manufacturing site. Question: What is ceramic for tooling in the first place? Isn’t it the same material used for pottery? Answer: It is completely different from material used for pottery….