This paper discusses the grinding of sapphire for mirror surfaces by coarse grain size diamond wheels. Sapphire is a hard-to-machine material because it has excellent mechanical properties and indentation hardness. Since it is effective for hard materials to use metal-bonded diamond wheels, the authors had two experiments to investigate mirror surface grinding by coarse grain size diamond wheels. The 1st experiment was investigating appropriate grinding conditions, and the 2nd experiment was investigating protrusion height of abrasive grains. Although the conventional methods could not acquire mirror surface, the results of the experiments show that mirror surface (Ra: 5 nm <) were obtained by the #270 and #325 mesh size wheels. These results indicate the possibility of decreasing grinding processes by coarse grain size diamond wheels.
- Coarse grain
- Diamond wheel
- Mirror surface
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering