Finding the Best Method
Some materials are far more difficult to handle than others. And difficult metals and substances can be a headache at times to machine if the proper developed procedures are not taken advantage of. One industry where this is the case, is in the graphite machining business. For those that are familiar with the industry and the processes and methods involved, it becomes a piece of cake. But for those who are unfamiliar and have not dealt with the material before, it can be a little difficult. To maintain the best working environment possible, machined graphite companies typically do all they can to make operations run smoothly.
To begin, graphite is a very abrasive material, making it important to determine the best tools to use. Some popular options include CNC milling, lathe machinery or band and carbon saws. When being formed, graphite dust can also be a problem. It can build up on the product, work spaces and tools very quickly and easily. To deal with this issue, compressed air or circulation systems should be employed to lessen the effect. Another issue that arises is surface defects can be quickly revealed when the graphite is being machined. So it becomes even more important to make sure that all of the correct methods are in place.
While machined graphite can be more expensive than pure graphite, it is much more structurally sound and reliable. This is necessary in many of the applications in which it will later be used. Often sealants, such as wax, resin or oil, will help to improve the finished product especially when it is used with water because it is such a porous material. Custom specifications can also be worked with to ensure the finished product will work as needed in the future application.