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Precision Grinding and Finishing: Featured Technology

Your precision grinding challenges require the hardest minerals and the tightest tolerances. Backed by a century of innovation and technical expertise, 3M abrasives for precision grinding and finishing deliver the custom solutions you need. 3M technologies can help make your most complex processes a reality – today and into the future.


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New Precision Structured CBN Grinding Wheels.

3D printed for designed freedom.

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Reach new dimensions of ID grinding performance.

Complex grinding requires innovative solutions. Armed with additive manufacturing technology, 3M has developed a groundbreaking new solution in precision internal diameter grinding. New 3M™ Precision Structured Vitrified CBN Grinding Wheels are 3D printed, layer by layer, to help you reach higher dimensions of performance in cylindrical grinding.


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Customized for you. Printed by 3M.

Partner with 3M to take advantage of all the benefits this new technology brings – including design freedom, higher productivity and increased stability in your ID grinding process.

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    Design Freedom

    Digital modeling and 3D printing allow for custom grinding wheel shapes and structures with unique surface slots, integrated cooling holes, passages and channels.
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    Higher Productivity

    By specifying shape and formulation, wheel design can be optimized to shorten process cycle time through reduced dressing and extended wheel life.
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    Process Stability

    Innovative 3D printing process allows for optimized wheel design and consistent density, resulting in improved part quality and a stable ID grinding process.

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    Enabled by 3D printing technology.

    For the first time, 3M is applying 3D printing technology to abrasive manufacturing. By 3D printing precision superabrasive wheels, layer by layer, we can supply precision-structured custom internal diameter grinding tools with unprecedented geometric flexibility. This inherent design freedom opens new possibilities for the most complex internal grinding applications.


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    A breakthrough in ID grinding.

    These new precision structured grinding wheels are custom designed for detailed internal diameter grinding of fuel injectors, rotary bearings, steering components and more. By achieving higher removal rates with lower grinding forces, 3M™ Precision Structured Vitrified CBN Grinding Wheels can help reduce cycle time through improved dressing intervals, resulting in a lower cost per part produced.


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    Let’s talk grinding. If you’re curious about custom superabrasives solutions, we can help. Our abrasive experts can get you what you need, whether you want to learn more about new 3M™ Precision Structured Vitrified CBN Grinding Wheels or another precision grinding and finishing solution, call 0114 243 7180.

    Let’s talk grinding. If you’re curious about custom superabrasives solutions, we can help. Our abrasive experts can get you what you need, whether you want to learn more about new 3M™ Precision Structured Vitrified CBN Grinding Wheels or another precision grinding and finishing solution, call 0114 243 7180.


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