Centerless grinding. Creep-feed grinding. Cylindrical grinding. Gear grinding. Tool grinding. They all demand precision. And to achieve the highest precision, you need the best abrasives. 3M offers all the abrasives to take your precision grinding, finishing and microfinishing operations to the next level. Plus, we have the foremost technical and sales expertise to develop custom solutions just for you.
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We have solutions to boost the efficiency and precision of your grinding operations, from creep-feed to gear grinding and everything in-between. Whether you manufacture cutting tools, turbines, gears or bearings, 3M grinding wheels help you turn out higher-quality parts – faster.
To get perfectly round parts from the centerless grinding process, you need the right machine and the right abrasives. That’s why professionals in the powertrain, bearing and cutting tool manufacturing industries use 3M abrasives to grind their parts.
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Surface and creep-feed grinding are frequently used in the bearing industry, and turbine manufacturing for power generation. The process is divided into several steps, and consistent material removal is essential.
For removing oxide scale and defects on casted steel before further processing, Hot Pressed Wheels are used.
Main applications are slab and billet grinding on all existing steel grades – making 3M abrasives the ideal solution.
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Inside diameter (ID) and outside diameter (OD) cylindrical grinding are commonly used grinding techniques. Our grinding wheels cut cool and perform well with low contact pressure – making them an ideal choice for manufacturers across multiple markets.
Roll Grinding Wheels are used for reshaping of casted or forged rolls. These Rolls are used in Rolling Mills for forming process of casted metals.
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Gear grinding requires high precision, so it’s important to use the right grinding wheel for the application. Thankfully 3M offers an expansive abrasives portfolio that covers bevel gear grinding, threaded gear grinding and single rib gear grinding.
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3M microfinishing film has been a fixture in the powertrain segment for decades thanks to consistent, predictable performance. The micron-graded mineral produces a consistent, repeatable finish, and 3M innovation continues to drive the technology forward.
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Modern cutting tool manufacturing means complicated geometries, very high tolerances and demanding surface finish requirements. With these requirements in mind, 3M designs and manufactures high-performance grinding wheels that are up to the challenge.
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Cut-off wheels are used in the steel production and steel processing industries to cut metal bars, billets or tubes of any dimension and any grade. Cutting differs according to the application: Chop stroke for single bar and narrow layers, travel cut for wide layers, and rotary cut for tubes. Excellent performance, efficiency, and a clean, straight cutting surface are essential, making 3M cutting wheels the ideal solution.
As an integral part of modern precision grinding technology, conditioning of grinding wheels – consisting of dressing and cleaning – is one of most important grinding parameters to determine the material removal rate, the grinding forces, the surface quality and reproducibility of grinding quality. 3M offers diamond dressers, dressing spindles for rotary dressers and conventional dressing wheels for perfect mass-production grinding results.
Let’s talk grinding. If you’re curious about customized 3M precision grinding and microfinishing solutions, we can help. Our abrasive experts can get you what you need, whether you want to learn more about a specific grinding application or just need help finding the right product to get the job done.
Give us a call at +44 114 243 7180.
Let’s talk grinding. If you’re curious about customized 3M precision grinding and microfinishing solutions, we can help. Our abrasive experts can get you what you need, whether you want to learn more about a specific grinding application or just need help finding the right product to get the job done. Give us a call at +44 114 243 7180.
3M Precision-Shaped Grain is the advanced technology behind our 3M™ Cubitron™ II™ products. Here’s how it works: Precision-Shaped Grain is designed with sharp, triangular structures that continuously fracture to form new, sharp points rather than dulling like traditional abrasives.
Cuts faster. Runs cooler.
These clean, sharp points mean an abrasive that cuts faster, runs cooler and lasts much longer than conventional abrasives. Where conventional abrasives generate excessive heat buildup, the heat generated from our Precision-Shaped Grain is directly dissipated from the workpiece into the chip.
Save time. Save money.
As the saying goes, “time is money.” Fast-cutting 3M™ Cubitron™ II increases productivity and lasts up to 2x longer than the competition, improving output while reducing changeover.
3M is your total solution supplier, offering the abrasive wheels, microfinishing films, dressing equipment and tools you need for any precision grinding application. Pair this broad 3M product selection with our world-renowned industry expertise, service and support, and the result is a winning partnership.
Grind with a 3M™ Cubitron™ II abrasive wheel and you’ll forget what “conventional” means. Looking for something else? We also offer a full line of alternative abrasives to suit your specific needs.
Where toughness meets precision, you’ll find our CBN and diamond grinding wheels. We offer a full selection of superabrasive wheels that make easy work of carbides, hardened steels and more.
3M microfinishing films for use on round parts like crankshafts and camshafts, and 3M flexible diamond products used on a wide range of hard-to-grind materials to improve surface finish.
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