Applications of Diamond Grinding Wheels
Diamond grinding wheels have many classifications. You can classify these wheels according to their shape, bond, grit, size, and concentrations. These different types are wheels are used in many different abrasive and grinding machining operations. Grinding machines greatly use the diamond grinding wheels in specific applications. There is a need to use the proper grinding wheel in any grinding and machining processes.
There are many applications today that use the diamond grinding wheels. There are many types of diamond wheels including resin, metal, vitrified, and electro-plated. The resin wheels are the most common of these wheels. Resin wheels are used in many tool room and production applications. The metal and vitrified types of wheels are newer bond types and they are used in more specific applications. It is quite expensive to buy these kinds of wheels because they are quite rare. But these types of wheels are usually custom made to order items. You find electro-plated wheels in cut-off wheels and they are used in low demanding abrasive grinding. A good example is that for plastics.
Since each of these wheels are used of specific applications, it is important to know these types of grinding wheel and their applications. Your grinding operations may not be done effectively if you don’t use the proper types of wheels. So, before starting your grinding operations, you should first determine the type of materials you are working on and the type of grinding wheel that you should use.
Diamond grinding wheels are used in many types of materials and in many different processes. When grinding carbides only a diamond wheel can be used and a CBD grinding wheel is used on steel.
The synthetic diamond, the cubic boron nitride (CBN) and the alumina-zirconia are another classification of diamond grinding wheels. If you are going to use the hardest one, then you need to use the synthetic diamond wheel but if you need a soft one, then the alumina-zirconia is ideal. The factors given below should be considered when selecting the type of wheel to use.
You should first find out how hard the material that you will grind is. CBN should be used for iron or steel. For non-ferrous metal where you need to remove a large amount of metal, the synthetic diamond blade should be used. Alumina-zirconia should be used for soft metals.
You should next look at the nomenclature plate on the grinding machine. You need to check if the speed of the grinding machine will not let the wheel disintegrate or separate during operation and this can be determined by the speed rating in meters per second.
Finally, determine if the grinding is wet or dry and determine the wheel’s coarseness. Then select the appropriate wheel.