Turning with PCD, CBN, CVD or MCD

Which cutting material is suitable for my application?


PCD (polycrystalline diamond) consists of diamond crystals which are sintered into a bond matrix (cobalt or tungsten) at high pressure and at high temperatures. Between the individual crystals there is a metal binding phase which is mainly applied to carbide body.

Due to the random diamond orientation the PCD layer is formed as an isotropic body which has no preferred cut direction.

PCD closely approximates to a monocrystaline diamond in terms of hardness and its abrasion resistance outperforms carbide by a hundredfold.

Turning tools with PCD cutting edges are successfully used for the processing of aluminum, non-ferrous metals and composite materials, preferably in series production and for abrasive materials.


Like PCD CVD is a mixture of a binding agent and diamond. With a ratio of 0.1% binding agent and 99.9% diamond a significantly higher hardness, thermal conductivity and improved cutting edges are obtained.
The ultra hard cutting material CVD (2.5 times harder than PCD) is most frequently used for processing aluminum and magnesium alloys as well as for non-ferrous metals. Due to the absence of a direction of growth, CVD is considerably tougher than MCD. This is why today CVD tools are mostly used in dressing technology. CVD tools are more sensitive to temperature than MCD tools, therefore, adequate cooling must be assured during the dressing process.


The main area of application of CBN cutting inserts is finish turning of hardened steels and grey cast iron.

CBN (cubic boron nitride), the hardness of which is only exceeded by diamond, has been developed for cutting materials whiche cannot be processed with PCD. Turning or milling is not a problem for CBN cutting inserts because this cutting material has an extremely high thermal hardnes


MCD is very similar to natural diamond. Both have the same physical properties and an octahedral growth. Similar to synthetic diamonds MCD are made of graphite using the high-pressure and high-temperature process.
MCDs are synthetically produced diamond blocks which are shaped to rods by sawing or cutting. Here the cutting direction runs along the direction of growth of the diamond.
Due to the production process MCDs have a direction of growth.

After the edge calibration by cutting or sawing, the rods are cut to the corresponding length.
Due to the direction of growth, please make sure that the rods are correctly fitted in the dressing tool. Depending on the MCD manufacturer, the wear resistance is higher when using a linear or rhombic mounting types.

Maximum productivity and economic efficiency due to wear-resistant PCD
Highest surface quality due to maximum cutting edge sharpness
Re-tipping service for cutting inserts

Cutting inserts for turning

  • Customized dimensions are possible
  • Tool holders configurable according to ISO numercial code






Cutting inserts for drilling

  • Customized dimensions are possible
  • Tool holders configurable according to ISO numercial code



Cutting inserts for milling

  • Customized dimensions possible
  • Tool holders configurable according to ISO numercial code




Full face cutting inserts

  • Customised dimensions are possible
  • Tool holders configurable according to ISO numercial code


ISO numerical code for cutting inserts

ISO numercial code for tool holders


Turning with Diamond and CBN Tools

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