Molds and Other Potential Uses
When constructing and forming various metals, the process can be a difficult one. Depending on the exact metal being worked with, they must be heated to varying extreme heat levels in order to become malleable. When heating these materials up to such extreme temperatures, it is important to make sure that the container is made out of a durable and heat resistant material that can withstand it. Some common options include steel, bronze, cast iron or graphite. Graphite is an especially useful option for its strength, hardness, corrosion resistance, dry lubrication and self lubrication.
When it comes to using graphite for mold making and machining processes, there are five that can be found most often. These processes are compression molding, isostatic molding, vibration molding, die molding and extrusion. Each of these processes can be beneficial depending on the goal of the finished project. What they all have in common is their use of fine graphite powder. This powder was machined from either a natural or synthetic form of raw graphite, making it the material needed to assist in these machining tasks.
All of these characteristics and other beneficial attributes are what make graphite such a popular material in the machining industries. Graphite molds can be the perfect tool for heating these difficult to form and fabricated metals. By heating them to their liquid state they can be reformed that way instead of trying to cut or fabricated them with other machining methods. It can be found in industries ranging from scientific experiments to EDM machining industries and so many more. And, because graphite is such a valuable, strong, durable and resistant material, it can be used for countless other items such as tubes, crucibles, rods, plates and numerous other products. Graphite has so many benefits, making it one of the more valuable materials in many industries.