ELEMENT SIX INTRODUCES NEW GRADE OF PCD DIAMOND OPTIMISED FOR AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
Synthetic Diamond Market Leader Expands Portfolio to Offer Greater Aluminium Precision Machining Options in Automotive Manufacturing
EMO HANNOVER (18 September, 2017) Element Six, a world leader in synthetic diamond and other supermaterials and a member of The De Beers Group of Companies, has today announced the launch of CTB004 – a new grade to its PCD (polycrystalline diamond) range, customised to meet the precision cutting demands for the automotive industry.
Offering high speed machining advantages, CTB004 delivers optimised workpiece surface finish in both engine and chassis applications. The grade, which joins Element Six’s market-leading product CMX850, is ideal for cutting of aluminium alloys where high surface finish is required alongside higher wear resistance.
CTB004’s four-micron fine grain structure delivers the optimum balance between tool performance and resistance to abrasion and chipping. Ideal for complex machining requirements, CTB004 offers commercial advantages for end-users due to the reduction in downtime and improved productivity.
“Cutting-edge materials that offer considerable advantages to our customers is our constant focus,” commented Richard Townsend, Element Six Product Manager – PCD.
“PCD materials provide the end-user with unsurpassed levels of productivity and workpiece quality that meet the demands of very specific applications. The push in the automotive industry to make vehicles lighter and more efficient while retaining durability has meant that aluminium use by the major OEMs has significantly increased.”
The CTB004 grade also joins Element Six’s next generation Aero-Dianamics CFRP workpiece tooling solutions, which allows tool designers to form entirely new PCD geometries with limitless profiles.
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About Element Six
Element Six, part of the De Beers Group of Companies, designs, develops and produces synthetic diamond and other supermaterials, and operates worldwide with primary manufacturing facilities in China, Germany, Ireland, South Africa, the UK and US.
Element Six supermaterial solutions are used in industrial applications such as cutting, grinding, drilling, shearing and polishing, in industries such as manufacturing for Automotive and Consumer Electronics; Mining and Road components; and Oil and Gas drilling.
Element Six are also opening up new applications for the extreme properties of synthetic diamond beyond hardness in a wide array of industries such as optics, power transmission, water treatment, semiconductors and sensors.