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Diamond Tipped Indexable

Basic Application Guidelines

For CBN and PCD Tipped Tools and Inserts

Applications PCD CBN
Hard Cast Iron No Yes
Soft Cast Iron No Yes
Hardened Steel No Yes
Super Alloys No Yes
Abrasive Nonmetallic Yes No
Nonferrous Materials Yes No

Cubic Boron Nitride (CBN)

CBN is excellent for the continuous cutting of a wide range of hardened steels, powdered metals, cast irons and super alloys. CBN tipped product are precision ground with hones for matching to sub-micron finishes with maximum tool life. CBN tipped tools and inserts can take the place of grinding.

Polycrystalline Boron Nitride (PCD)

PCD is excellent for continuous cutting of a wide range of non-ferrous and non-metal materials. The products are precision ground for machining to sub-micron finishes with maximum tool life. PCD tipped tools and inserts allow for higher cutting speeds with longer tool life.

Guidelines for CBN

(Ideal for hard ferrous metal -45 Rc plus)

Depth of cut should not exceed 30% of CBN tip length.
Do not use coolant as this could cause thermal cracking.
Do not stop the machine with the tool in cut - this will result in tool breakage.
Make sure the machine and setup is rigid and solid; chatter will cause chipping.
Tool height when boring should be slightly above center; tool deflection will put the tool on center.
Do not contact the tool to a hard surface prior to the machining process - this will cause chipping.

Guidelines for PCD

(Ideal for non-ferrous materials)

Higher speeds minimize tool buildup.
Depth of cut should not exceed 70% of PCD tip length.
Use of coolant will reduce heat and improve surface finish.
Do not stop the machine with the tool in cut - this will result in tool breakage.
Make sure the machine and setup is rigid and solid; chatter will cause chipping.
Tool height when boring should be slightly above center; tool deflection will put the tool on center.
Do not contact the tool to a hard surface prior to the machining process - this will cause chipping.

CBN Tipped Insert Applications

Indexable Boring

Applications
Hard Cast Iron Pumps
Impellers
Shafts
Soft Cast Iron Engine Blocks
Brake Rotors
Transfer Housings
Hardened Steel Pinion Gears
Shafts
Bearings
Super Alloys Turbine Disk
Turbine Blade
Engine Shafts
Application Guidelines
Make sure the machine and setup is rigit and solid.
Chatter will cause chipping.
Tool height when boring should be slightly above center.
Tool deflection will put the tool on center.
Do not stop the machine with the tool in cut.
This will result in tool breakage.
Do not use coolant. This could cause thermal cracking.
Do not contact the tool to a hard surface prior to the machining process.
This will cause chipping.
Depth of cut should not exceed 30% of CBN tip length.

CBN Tipped Tools Speeds and Feeds

Material BHN/Rc Speed
Range
(SFM)
Feed
IPR
Indexable Boring PCD Tipped Inserts
Max Doc
ACD & ATD
Max Doc
ACP & ATP
Heat Treated Alloy 45-60 Rc 200-600 .001-.005 0.01 0.04
Tool Steel 45-60 Rc 200-600 .001-.005 0.01 0.04
Nodular Iron N/A 600-1500 .001-.005 0.009 0.035
Pearlitic Iron 220-240 BHN 600-2500 .001-.007 0.009 0.035
White/Chilled Iron 54-60 Rc 200-500 .001-.005 0.008 0.035
Super Alloy Ni Base 240-475 BHN 200-800 .001-.005 0.008 0.035
Cobolt Based Alloy, Stellite 45-55 Rc 200-500 .001-.005 0.008 0.035
Inconels 45-55 Rc 200-500 .001-.005 0.008 0.035

SFM = Surface Feet per Minute

AS THE DOC DECREASES, THE FEED RATE CAN INCREASE

SCT CBN inserts are excellent for continuous cutting of a wide range of hardened steels, powdered metals, cast irons and super alloys. The inserts are precision ground with hones for machining to sub-micron finishes with maximum tool life. CBN tipped inserts can take the place of grinding.

PCD Tipped Insert Applications

Indexable Boring

Applications
Abrasive Nonmetalic Carbon Fiber Bicycles
Carbon Fiber Car Parts
Ceramic Gas Turbine Parts
Ceramic Bearings
Fiberglass Bodies for Cars and Boats
Nonferrous Materialss Aluminum Rims
Aluminum Spools
Brass Fittings
Precious Metals
Presintered Tungsten Carbide
Application Guidelines
Make sure the machine and setup is rigid and solid.
Chatter will cause chipping.
Tool height when boring should be slightly above center.
Tool deflection will put the tool on center.
Do not stop the machine with the tool in cut.
This will result in tool breakage.
Use of coolant will reduce heat and improve surface finish.
Do not contact the tool to a hard surface prior to the machining process - this will cause chipping.
Higher speeds minimize tool buildup.
Depth of cut should not exceed 70% of PCD tip length.

PCD Tipped Tools Speeds and Feeds

Material BHN/Rc Speed
Range
(SFM)
Feed
IPR
Indexable Boring PCD Tipped Inserts
Max Doc
ACD & ATD
Max Doc
ACP & ATP
Low Silicon Aluminum 225-350 BHN 1000-5000 .001-.007 0.025 0.08
High Silicon Aluminum 270-425 BHN 600-3000 .001-.007 0.025 0.08
Metal Matrix Composites N/A 500-2000 .001-.007 0.015 0.035
Copper Alloys, Brass, Bronze 80-120 BHN 750-3500 .001-.007 0.025 0.08
Preinserted Tungsten Carbide 140-300 BHN 100-350 .001-.005 0.007 0.012
Acrylics N/A 700-1500 .001-.007 0.025 0.08
Fiberglass N/A 600-1000 .001-.007 0.02 0.06
Graphites N/A 600-1000 .001-.007 0.025 0.08
Nylon, Plastic N/A 700-1500 .001-.007 0.025 0.08
Hard Rubber N/A 500-2500 .001-.007 0.025 0.08

SFM = Surface Feet per Minute, DOC = Depth of Cut

AS THE DOC DECREASES, THE FEED RATE CAN INCREASE

SCT PCD inserts are excellent for continuous cutting of a wide range of non-ferrous and non-metal materials. The inserts are precision ground for machining to sub-micron finishes with maximum tool life. PCD tipped inserts allow for higher cutting speeds with longer tool life.