3D measurement of tool wear and workpiece roughnessElement Six

Optimization of the edge preparation of diamond cutting tools and accelerate quality assurance

By using optical Bruker Alicona 3D measurement to test new material and processes, Element Six have achieved a speed up in quality control. In their production of supermaterials, the global supplier Element Six was searching for a measurement solution to support them in their research, development and quality control. Two Bruker Alicona measurement systems now enable them to optimize the edge preparation of diamond cutting tools and accelerate quality assurance.

Matthew Goulbourn-Lay
Senior Advanced Manufacturing Research Engineer

Using Bruker Alicona, we are driving innovation in the development of new materials. We are now working with two Bruker Alicona measurement systems.

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High performance tools from supermaterials

‘Supermaterials’ is a term that includes manufactured synthetic diamond as well as cubic boron nitride (CBN), tungsten carbide and silicon cemented diamond. Element Six, a member of the De Beers Group of Companies, produces specialised, innovative high performance products from supermaterials, including materials for machining and grinding metals in automotive manufacturing, cutters for oil and gas drilling and optical windows for high power laser systems.


How Element Six succeeds with Bruker Alicona solution


Dimensional accuracy & surface finish measurement 

  • Accurate, fast and universal optical 3D measuring instrument for tolerances in the µm and sub-µm range
  • Components are measured area-based and with high resolution independent of size, material, geometry, weight and surface finish
  • A number of proven and new features combine the functionalities of a roughness measuring system (Ra, Rq, Rz/Sa, Sq, Sz) with the characteristics of a coordinate measuring machine

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