In EDM, powerful electrical discharges that remove materials from the work pieces are generated by the electrode. The heat produced during this process can cause wear on the electrode, affecting the precision and quality of the machining process. The higher the melting point of the electrode, the more resistant it is to wear caused by heat.
The power of the electrical discharges are directly dependent on the electricity that is supplied to the electrodes. This means that the higher the conductivity of the electrode, the more efficient the cutting ability.
There are other material properties that must be considered but the two aforementioned properties are the most important when it comes to quality and efficiency.
Are Diamond Tools Going Out of Style?
With so many new technology being introduced to the machining industry, it is natural to wonder if traditional equipment like diamond tools are becoming obsolete. And the answer is no. Just like how traditional cutting tools are still being used, the availability and affordability of diamond tools compared to newer and more complicated technology means it will always have a place in the machining industry.