Laser surface texturing of a WC-CoNi cemented carbide grade: surface topography design for honing application
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Abrasive effectiveness of composite-like honing stones is related to the intrinsic surface topography resulting from the cubic boron nitride (CBN) grains protruding out of the metallic matrix. Within this framework, Laser Surface Texturing (LST) is implemented for replicating topographic features of a honing stone in a WC-base cemented carbide grade, commonly employed for making tools. In doing so, regular arrays of hexagonal pyramids (similar to CBN grains) are sculpted by a laser micromachining system. Micrometric precision is attained and surface integrity does not get affected by such surface modification. Finally, potential of laser-patterned cemented carbide tools, as alternative to conventional honing stones, is supported by successful material removal and enhanced surface smoothness of a steel workpiece in the abrasive testing.
CitationFang, S., Llanes, L., Bähre, D. Laser surface texturing of a WC-CoNi cemented carbide grade: surface topography design for honing application. "Tribology international", Juny 2018, vol. 122, p. 236-245.