PCD tools for thermosetting plastics and thermoplastics are characterized by five important features. These are;
- Sharpness of the polycrystalline diamond results in an improved surface finish, a good fibre cut and low heat generation. These benefits minimize uncut fibres and delamination, increase productivity and improve process security
- Hardness of the polycrystalline diamond makes the tools more wear resistant and increases the tool life
- The accuracy of the PCD tools results in close dimensional tolerances increasing the reliability, allowing you to reduce finishing operations
- The thermal conductivity of the polycrystalline material lowers process temperatures which enhances product stability and allows higher cutting speeds
- After-sales services: re-conditioning results in a new tool that increases tool life and reduces tool costs
The very sharp cutting edge compared to a CVD Dura coated tool allows a PCD tool to perform consistently and securely. This means that the workpiece will have equal surface finish showing no or minimum de-lamination. The narrow manufacturing tolerances make the process stable, predictable and repeatable.