Manufacturing Porous Diamond with Skeleton Structure from PCD by EDM and its Application to Grinding Tools
This paper proposes a new PCD (polycrystalline diamond) wheel with porous skeleton structure realized by removing the cobalt binder from PCD by EDM (electrodischarge machining), and investigates the grinding characteristics of the wheel. The pores are made successfully on PCD by adopting appropriate EDM conditions. The efficiency of making the pores is found to be higher, when the size of the diamond grains in the PCD material is small, and jumping motion to the copper electrode is not given during the EDM. A porous PCD grinding wheel made by this method using a rotating circular PCD (grain size of 10'm) disc of 20mm diameter has a good skeleton structure with sufficient projections on the wheel surface. A satisfactory grinding characteristics with a surface finish of Ra=0.02'm in grinding on a tungsten carbide work is achieved.
Dongming Guo, Tsunemoto Kuriyagawa, Jun Wang and Jun’ichi Tamaki
K. Suzuki et al., "Manufacturing Porous Diamond with Skeleton Structure from PCD by EDM and its Application to Grinding Tools", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 329, pp. 471-476, 2007