Performance evaluation of ion-implanted cutting tools and dies

R. J. Culbertson, F. C. Burns, W. Franzen, L. J. Lowder, J. J. Ricca, A. Gonzales

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The relative performance of ion-implanted and unimplanted machine tool taps, inserts, and punch-die sets was compared using blind tests. Performance of the tools, defined as the number of parts machined to within specifications, was evaluated under actual and simulated production conditions; relative performance was obtained by dividing the average performance of implanted tools by the average performance of unimplanted tools. The tools were implanted with a combination of 80 keV N+ and N+2. Implanted high speed steel taps exhibited performance by factors 1.5 to more than 4 as compared to unimplanted taps. Implanted TiN-coated metal cutting carbide inserts exhibited performance from factors of 2-4, and the performance factors of nitrogen-implanted punch-die sets ranged from 2.0 to 2.6.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)652-655
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, B
Issue numberPART 1
StatePublished - May 1 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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