Is it really worth it to use a CBN wheel?

Published Date
October 05,2013 - 10:45:am

Related Glossary Terms

  • cubic boron nitride ( CBN)

    cubic boron nitride ( CBN)

    Crystal manufactured from boron nitride under high pressure and temperature. Used to cut hard-to-machine ferrous and nickel-base materials up to 70 HRC. Second hardest material after diamond. See superabrasive tools.

  • grinding

    grinding

    Machining operation in which material is removed from the workpiece by a powered abrasive wheel, stone, belt, paste, sheet, compound, slurry, etc. Takes various forms: surface grinding (creates flat and/or squared surfaces); cylindrical grinding (for external cylindrical and tapered shapes, fillets, undercuts, etc.); centerless grinding; chamfering; thread and form grinding; tool and cutter grinding; offhand grinding; lapping and polishing (grinding with extremely fine grits to create ultrasmooth surfaces); honing; and disc grinding.

A shop is grinding hardened steel, and periodically switches between a CBN wheel and an aluminum-oxide wheel. Given that the shop is getting pretty much the same material removal rate, surface finish and cycle times with both wheels, the shop is beginning to wonder if it's really worth it to use a CBN wheel.

Dr. Jeffrey Badger, the host of Cutting Tool Engineering's Grinding Doc Video Series, responds in the 45th episode of the video series.

About the Grinding Doc Video Series: Thanks to his work as an independent grinding consultant and the author of the "Ask the Grinding Doc" column in Cutting Tool Engineering magazine, Badger routinely receives questions about grinding from shops all over the world. Through the magazine column and this video series, he provides shops with the insight and guidance they seek.

For more information about the Grinding Doc, visit his website here.