Trends in the HVOF Tungsten Carbide Coating

Indiana Precision Grinding Metalworking , Aerospace

Within the scope of aerospace manufacturing and specifically aerospace finishing processes, there are many innovative ways engineers are able to pull that little bit of extra performance from their projects. One of the key ways quality assurance teams are able to ensure the precision of their work is to finish the metal parts through processes…

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Hard Turning vs. Grinding: What are the Facts?

Indiana Precision Grinding Metalworking , Grinding

Within the metalworking industry, there is no shortage of precision machining techniques. In recent years, there has been the introduction and increased use of hard turning as an alternative to precision grinding for achieving better finishes. This is why we wanted to talk about hard turning and how it truly compares to grinding.

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Aerospace Metal Finishing Techniques

Indiana Precision Grinding Metalworking , Aerospace

Achieving the best performance possible out of your metal parts, especially if the application for those parts is in aerospace, is a challenge for even the most skilled manufacturers. After all, it's not just cutting and measuring parts, you also need to finish. There is a long list of possible finishing techniques, so choosing the right one…

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How Does the Polishing Process Improve Aerospace Parts?

Indiana Precision Grinding Metalworking , Aerospace , Polishing

When we think of polishing metal and aerospace parts, we sometimes dismiss the process as purely aesthetic: form over function, if you will. A polishing process can remove directional lines and produce a uniform luster. Great, but what utilitarian purpose does that serve for the parts themselves? How does the polishing or buffing process make…

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Different Types of Grinding Wheels

Indiana Precision Grinding Metalworking , Grinding

When you craft and machine your aerospace parts, getting the high quality you demand and require comes down to the ability to grind and finish the parts so they perform the job they need to perfectly every time. How is it done? Grinding is a proven technique that instantly improves your parts, but there is always one key question that must be…

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Understanding HVOF Coatings

Indiana Precision Grinding Metalworking , Aerospace

For many years, chrome plating was considered the industry standard whenever a hard and long wearing surface was needed. However, environmental protection laws were enacted, and hexavalent chromium was recognized as a known carcinogen, leading the material to fall out of favor. So, contractors needed to find an alternative:

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Vertical Grinding: An Overview

Indiana Precision Grinding Metalworking

Precision grinding is a demanding process which requires thorough understanding and technical expertise from its operators. Grinding is an essential step in aerospace manufacturing as it is required to get the absolute best performance from parts. Grinding wheels are housed within grinding machines, but did you know there are two genres of…

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The Ins and Outs of Nital Etching

Indiana Precision Grinding Metalworking , Aerospace

Polished metals don't often show structural characteristics, let alone structural flaws, so when it comes to finishing the metal, there needs to be a way to test its solidity without damaging it, right? Let's investigate nital etching.

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What is Isotropic Superfinishing?

Indiana Precision Grinding Metalworking

There are many types of grinding and finishing process in metalworking. One of these processes is known as superfinishing. Unsurprisingly, there are more than a few types of superfinishing, which is why today, we want to talk about just one of these processes known as isotropic superfinishing. What is this process and how does it work? Let's…

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The Differences Between Honing and Lapping

Indiana Precision Grinding Metalworking

The world of machining parts is sometimes defined by the process through which they are crafted and finished. Often these processes are similar, yet fundamentally different--to the point where they warrant entirely different names. One example of this is are the processes of honing and lapping, which is why we want to present both the…

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