Diamond and CBN
grinding wheels
Diamond dressing
Diamond rotary
Electroplated diamond
and CBN tools
Hardness tester diamond
Polishing and lapping with diamonds
Diamonds for turning and milling
Polycrystalline diamond and CBN cutting tools
Anti-abrasion layers

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Definition of "grinding"


Grinding is a metal cutting manufacturing process performed with geometrically undefined cutting edges. The main and secondary cutting edges cannot be distinguished from one another. The abrasive grains are evenly distributed and bonded in a matrix. Their hardness is greater than that of the parts to be machined. Diamond and CBN abrasive grains are the hardest of all cutting materials.


Principal shapes according to FEPA*

Peripheral grinding wheel



Straight cup wheel

Gerader Topf


Tapered cup wheel

Schräger Topf


Abrasive pencil



*) FEPA - Federation Europeenne des Fabricants de Produits Abrasifs


The decisive difference between diamond and CBN:



Diamond is pure carbon and the hardest of all known materials. Due to its hardness, diamond has become increasingly important for machining in state-of-the-art technology. Today synthetic diamond grit is the material preferably used in abrasive engineering practice. The starting substance is carbon in the form of graphite. The synthesis occurs after extreme pressures and temperatures are applied. Due to its fine crystalline structure and the resulting properties, e.g. maximum abrasion resistance and edge-holding quality, diamond is superior to all other abrading media. Diamond belongs to the “super hard” group of cutting materials.

Diamond is restricted by its thermal load capacity if subjected to temperatures exceeding 700°C, e.g. when grinding steel materials


Materials that can readily be machined with diamond tools include: welded and thermal sprayed alloys, electrocarbons, precious and semiprecious stones, ferrite, fireproof materials, glass-fiber and carbon-fiber reinforced plastics, glass, graphite, semiconductor materials, hard metal, ceramics, natural and artificial stones, oxide ceramics, porcelain and quartz. In exceptional cases cast steel and gray cast iron can also be machined with diamond tools.

CBN (cubic boron nitride)

CBN is a 100% synthetic product which is the second hardest abrading medium after diamond. Due to its chemical-physical properties, CBN is primarily used to process hard-to-machine steels with a high alloy content and/or hardness. The CBN abrasive grain is manufactured using virtually the same synthesis technique as for synthetic diamond abrasive grain. The starting substance for CBN is hexagonal boron nitride. Like diamond, CBN belongs to the “super hard” group of cutting materials.


CBN can withstand temperatures of up to 1300°C and has a slight tendency to react chemically to metals. Due to its fine crystalline structure and the resulting properties, e.g. a high abrasion resistance and edge-holding quality, it offers advantages in comparison to conventional abrading media, especially for grinding hard-to-machine and hardened steels >55HRC, e.g. HSS or chrome alloyed steels. Lowering the temperature during grinding prevents changes in the structure of the material edge zone, and therefore grinding cracks and soft skin formation. High accuracy regarding dimension, shape and concentricity as well as long tool life can thus be achieved using CBN grinding tools.


Diamond and CBN
grinding wheels

Riegger Bonds
  - Resin Bonds
  - Metal Bonds
  - Ceramic Bonds
Overview of shapes
Example of ordering data
Applications parameters
rpm table
Formula generator


Design of grinding wheell
Dimensions of grinding wheel
Shape of grinding wheel
Abrasive layer
Abrasive grains

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