Element Six, which makes synthetic diamonds, has launched CTB004, a new grade in its polycrystalline diamond (PCD) range, for cutting in the automotive industry.

The grade is suitable for cutting aluminium alloys where high surface finish is required alongside higher wear resistance.

CTB004’s four-micron fine grain structure delivers the optimum balance between tool performance and resistance to abrasion and chipping. Ideal for complex machining requirements, CTB004 offers commercial advantages for end-users due to the reduction in downtime and improved productivity.

‘The push in the automotive industry to make vehicles lighter and more efficient while retaining durability has meant that aluminium use by the major OEMs has significantly increased,’ said Richard Townsend, Element Six product manager.

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