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What is
Diamond Machining?

What is Diamond Machining?

Since August 2019 LBP Optics has been assisting businesses nationwide with our specialist diamond machining technology, harnessing over 30 years’ worth of expertise regarding the manufacturing of highly accurate optical and mechanical components. Our team expanded the specialist services we offer, as we acquired leading diamond specialists Symons Mirror Technology (SMT). This has been an exciting development within our diamond machining department as we now are able to work with demanding specifications, such as spherical, toroidal, off-axis parabolas, polygons, and pyramid scanning mirrors.

Our professional and friendly team is readily equipped to offer diamond machining solutions for our clients and tailor our services to your specific requirements. Read our introduction to diamond machining below and contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you with upcoming manufacturing projects.

If you have been searching for ways in which to manufacture unique, high-precision components with demanding specifications and shapes in mind, you have likely come across the term diamond machining. Otherwise known as diamond turning, this process refers to the process of using a cutting tool with a diamond tip to produce ultra-precise optical and mechanical components.

The benefits of diamond machining include producing components with high precision, excellent surface finish and impressive durability. Diamonds are extremely effective when used as cutting tools, as they have the highest hardness and thermal conductivity of any natural material. This means that diamonds can cut through a large range of materials, withstand extremely high temperatures and work with high cutting speeds. The process is additionally computer-controlled, meaning the chances of error are significantly minimised.

At LBP Optics we use Symons Mirror Technology. This industrial diamond machining application is leading in its field and underpins LBP Optics’ manufacturing successes. SMT allows us to manufacture extremely complex shapes used to create optical and high-precision mechanical components.

At LBP Optics we have the technology to allow us to diamond machine a vast range of materials, such as aluminium, brass, germanium, silver, gold and many more. We can produce these materials with extremely demanding specifications in mind. Diamond machining is an affordable process and can be used for a diverse range of manufacturing projects, such as with the production of cold shields, toric surfaces, plano elliptical, aspheric optics, scanning polygons and cylindrical tapers.

Get in contact with us today to discuss your specific requirements and goals for your manufacturing projects. We are equipped with specialised knowledge to guide you through the process of diamond machining and work with you to meet your requirements.

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