The extreme hardness of advanced technical ceramics makes it ideal for applications that involve exposure to tough conditions, such as aerospace. The tough mechanical properties that are favorable for certain applications also present challenges when trying to manufacture components out of these materials with inadequate technology. These challenges include rapid tool wear and low levels of material removal. Efficient machining of technical ceramics takes next-level capability.
To manufacture ceramic components, Vertex Optics utilizes the latest ultrasonic machining technology with the OptiPro OptiSonic 550X. Ultrasonic machining involves high frequency oscillation of the cutting tool while it spins at thousands of RPM’s in order to reduce the amount of force created when machining hard materials such as technical ceramics. This reduced force on the tool and part allows for rapid material removal and shorter cycle times. This means faster production of ceramic components for our customers. Whether your project involves unique features in ceramics, light weighting, cores/rods, or small holes, count on Vertex Optics to deliver your components on time and at a competitive rate.