Diamond grinding wheels have many classifications. You can classify these wheels according to their shape, bond, grit, size, and concentrations. When you need to do abrasive and grinding machining operations, then these different types of grinding wheels are used. Grinding machines greatly use the diamond grinding wheels in specific applications. There is a need to use the proper grinding wheel in any grinding and machining processes.
The diamond wheels are widely used in grinding wheels today. There are many types of diamond wheels including resin, metal, vitrified, and electro-plated. The resin wheels are the most common of these wheels. In many tool room and production applications the resin wheel is used. There are more specific applications for the metal and vitrified types of wheels and they are newer bond types. They are more expensive since these are rare. But these types of wheels are usually custom made to order items. Electro-plated wheels are usually found in cut-off wheels and low demanding abrasive grinding. If you are doing plastic, then the electro-plated wheel is used.
Since each of these wheels are used of specific applications, it is important to know these types of grinding wheel and their applications. The effectiveness of the grinding wheels can only be achieved if you use the proper type of grinding wheels; otherwise, this will not be achieved. it is very necessary, before you begin your grinding operations, to take not of the kind of materials you are grinding, and the appropriate grinding wheel to use for that material.
There are many processes and materials where you use diamond grinding wheels. Diamond wheels are used strictly on carbides but on steel a CBN grinding wheel is used.
The synthetic diamond, the cubic boron nitride (CBN) and the alumina-zirconia are another classification of diamond grinding wheels. The synthetic diamond is the hardest of the three and the softest is the alumina-zirconia. The factors given below should be considered when selecting the type of wheel to use.
You should first find out how hard the material that you will grind is. CBN should be used for iron or steel. A synthetic diamond wheel is ideal for non-ferrous materials where you need to remove a large amount of metal. If you are grinding soft metals, then the wheel to use is the alumina-zirconia.
After deciding on the appropriate wheel to use, the next thing is to look at the nomenclature plate on the grinding machine. If you check the speed rating in meters per second, then you can determine if the speed is not something that will make the grit disintegrate or separate during operation.
Finally, determine if the grinding is wet or dry and determine the wheel’s coarseness. You then need to choose the right grinding wheel to use for these applications.