Precision Abrasive Jet Finishing of Cemented Carbide
Recently a technique has been developed to mold aspheric glass lenses by using cemented carbide dies at elevated temperature. The dies are precisely ground by an ultraprecision grinding machine. However the obtained form accuracy is generally around 100nm and is not enough high. In this study, to investigate a possibility of corrective figuring of the dies, a series of experiments of abrasive jet machining of cemented carbide was conducted and fundamental machining characteristics were examined. The used abrasives were fine grains of silicon carbide and aluminum oxide. The silicon carbide abrasives could accomplish a sufficient material removal. Both the material removal rate and the surface roughness increase as the collision angle increases up to 90 degrees. Therefore, in order to obtain a smooth surface finish, it was necessary to take a smaller collision angle and to slow down the material removal rate.
Yury M. Baron, Jun'ichi Tamaki and Tsunemoto Kuriyagawa
T. Saito et al., "Precision Abrasive Jet Finishing of Cemented Carbide", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 291-292, pp. 371-376, 2005