How ceramics can be processed faster and easier

Processing hard materials such as ceramics is particularly time-consuming. Especially with conventional machining methods such as grinding. Fortunately, there are more and more alternative techniques that can perform the operation easier and faster, such as laser-assisted milling.

In this method, the hard material is first softened by heating it with a laser. It can then be more easily removed by traditional milling. The chip rate - the amount of material removed per unit of time - can be up to 160 times higher than with conventional machining methods without compromising on surface quality.

However, actually implementing this method is no walk in the park. The parameters of the two processes, such as the machining speed and the type of laser beam, need to be perfectly matched to the material to be processed.

In addition, the interaction between the two processes has to be perfect. How far ahead should the laser run? How does the temperature affect the life of the tools? And how must the laser be positioned when machining 3D surfaces? In short, laser-assisted milling depends on thorough process engineering.

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