Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Element Six Introduces Next Generation PureCut™ PCBN Technology to the Automotive Market

PureCut™ PCBN is engineered using a unique grade design, proven to extend tool life in machining by up to 50%, compared to industry benchmark grades

Element Six, a world leader in synthetic diamond and other supermaterials and a member of The De Beers Group of Companies, has today announced the launch in China of its next generation PCBN (polycrystalline cubic boron nitride) grades.

PureCut™ consists of two new PCBN grades – DHA650 and DIA500 – which are designed to eliminate impurities by using an ultra-clean grade composition, nano-particle sized binder and optimised CBN (cubic boron nitride) grain size distribution. This unique PCBN design delivers unmatched toughness alongside increased resistance to chemical wear and greater reliability in the machining of hardened steel.

The tool life of PureCut™ significantly improves on industry benchmarks, by up to 50%. Additionally it enables increased machining speeds of up to 300m/min and improved wear predictability, resulting in a step-change in productivity and lower tool cost. With increasing pressures across the automotive industry to improve efficiency and reduce costs, PureCut™ has been designed to address current and future machining challenges,

“The automotive industry in China, and indeed globally, is moving toward the use of lighter weight and more complex materials that meet the design needs of electric and hybrid cars,” commented Hubert Koegel, Global Sales Director, Automotive & Aerospace, Element Six. “In this transition phase we expect even more focus on efficiency in production and running of gasoline and diesel engine vehicles.

“With the advantage of over 30 years’ industry and application expertise, our PCBN product range is today defined by its delivery of customer value and absolute assurance of material quality and consistency, which will result in significant efficiencies for all involved in automotive manufacturing.

“PureCut™ joins our extensive portfolio of performance-based solutions that deliver competitive advantage and greater return on investment for the end user, including automotive OEMs.”

PureCutTM uses proprietary end-to-end technology developed by Element Six, which provides complete consistency and control over the PCBN manufacturing process. Developed at Element Six’s Global Innovation Centre in Oxford, UK, PureCut™ enables efficient machining of complex materials in both wet and dry environments – not only for the automotive industry but also within aerospace and general engineering industries.

If you are interested in learning more about PureCut™ and its diverse properties and applications, please visit www.e6.com

PureCut 

PureCut™ from Element Six, engineered using a unique PCBN grade design, proven to extend tool life in machining by up to 50%, compared to industry benchmark grades

PureCut

PureCut™ from Element Six is a unique PCBN material, designed to deliver unmatched toughness, alongside increased resistance to chemical wear and greater reliability in the machining of hardened steel.