The Daily Grind
Snapshots of the surface finishing industry.
Photo submitted by Tim Garner, plating technician, Gleason Cutting Tools
This electroplated grinding wheel is manufactured by Gleason Cutting Tools Corporation of Loves Park, Illinois. The wheel is plated with cubic boron nitride (CBN), commonly known as Borazon. CBN is a man-made synthetic abrasive with excellent hot hardness that can be used at very high cutting speeds. The part is encased in a combination of electroplated nickel and mid-phos electroless nickel to keep the high profile tolerance of .0003 plus or minus.
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