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Superhard Materials Science

The search for the perfect material for each application starts with determining the optimum balance of hardness and toughness.

Hardness relates to component life and toughness is closely associated with the resistance of impact.

At Crafts Technology, our metallurgists and design specialists work with your team to identify the optimum material for your application.

Polycrystalline Diamond

Polycrystalline Diamond [PCD] is man-made diamond, making it one of the hardest engineered materials.

Possessing this superior hardness when compared to all other materials, PCD can be utilized for applications where ceramics and tungsten carbide fall short, especially in the machining of non-ferrous materials.

PCD has become the preferred choice for fabrication of composites, particularly for the machining of carbon-fiber-reinforced composite.

When a PCD component is designed and manufactured properly, the life and quality of the machining cannot be matched.

Work with Craft Technology’s engineering team to design solutions that harness PCD’s strengths and achieve wear life, quality, and cost metrics that were not previously possible.

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Tungsten Carbide

Tungsten carbide is an engineered, powder metal that functions extremely well as an alloyed material, due to our ability to match the exact material engineering characteristics of tungsten carbide with the application.

Combining tungsten carbide with binder materials such as cobalt, nickel, tantalum, Ti, and other compounds allows for a whole series of engineering traits to be achieved.  With this flexibility, tungsten carbide is one of the most successful engineered alloyed materials that can be designed to optimize your exact application.

At Crafts Technology, we offer more than 100 grades of tungsten carbide so that we can produce the best material for your application.

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Advanced Ceramics

Superhard ceramics range from alumia oxide, silicon carbide, and silicon nitride to zirconia. Each of these ceramics possesses unique characteristics that can deliver high wear resistance coupled with high thermal shock resistance and corrosion resistance.

Advanced ceramics are ideal for applications with high dynamic stresses, thermal rigor, and demanding reliability requirements.

Connect with our engineering team to determine the optimum material selection for your particular application.

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High-Strength Steels

Steels have long been a popular material choice throughout the world for mechanical components that require a strong balance of toughness and hardness. Now, materials science is being applied to this traditional material to greatly enhance its material properties.

With advancements in processing, heat-treating, and chemical makeup, steels are able to achieve a unique blend of wear resistance and toughness.

Work with our team of engineers to determine how advancements in high-strength steel may fit into your particular application.

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Innovative Materials

Materials science continues to evolve in extraordinary ways, as new material formulations are being developed that increase hardness and maintain toughness, while different grades of materials allow for substantial increases in corrosion resistance.

Among the exciting material developments currently being used in a range of applications are the following:

Alloyed Diamond

The diamond that is stabilized with additional elements to enhance toughness and enlarge producible size, which offers substantial benefits for a large array of applications.

Extreme Corrosion-Resistant Tungsten Carbide

Enhancements in element formulation within tungsten carbide have allowed significant gains in corrosion resistance. Grades have been developed that increase the corrosion resistance by two to four times over the incumbent corrosion-resistant grades.

Over-Molding: Peek and Torlon:

Peek and Torlon are high-wear-resistant grades of polymers that possess similar characteristics to some steels.

Teaming high-strength polymers with superhard materials achieves a remarkable synergy between mass and life, all while reducing piece part cost by introducing the highly efficient method of injection molding.

Our Engineering Team is standing by, ready to discuss your application!