Superabrasive tooling can cost more initially than conventional tooling. However, the real issue is not the initial cost of the tool, but the total manufacturing cost. In a typical machining application, tool cost is only a small percentage of the total cost PCD and PCBN tools provide significant productivity and cost savings in manufacturing operations.
• High material removal rates decrease operation cycle times, providing more parts per shift... even in hard, tough materials.
• 2-3X faster cutting speed capabilities relative to conventional tools.
• Improved work piece quality, as a result of long tool life, excellent dimensional control, and consistent surface finishes, minimizesscrap rates.
• Long tool life means increased machine tool up-time, which can provide greater production capacity without investment in new equipment
The full potential and value of superabrasive tools over conventional tooling can be evaluated by tracking gains in product productivity.