Aluminum coil processing
Silicon has a corrosive effect on cemented carbide. Although aluminum alloys exceeding 12% Si are generally referred to as high-silicon aluminum alloys, diamond tools are recommended, but this is not absolute, and the increasing silicon content increases the destructive power of the tools. Therefore, some manufacturers recommend the use of diamond tools when the silicon content exceeds 8%.
An aluminum alloy with a silicon content of between 8% and 12% is a transition zone, either a normal hard alloy or a diamond tool. However, the use of cemented carbide should use a PVD (physical coating) method, without aluminum, a tool with a small film thickness. Because the PVD method and small film thickness make it possible for the tool to maintain a sharper cutting edge (otherwise, in order to avoid abnormal growth of the film at the edge, sufficient cutting of the cutting edge is required, the aluminum alloy will not be sharp enough) while the aluminum material of the film material may cause the blade film layer to interact with the workpiece material to break the bond between the film layer and the tool substrate.Because the super-hard coating is mostly a compound of aluminum, nitrogen and titanium, it may cause chipping due to a small amount of peeling off of the cemented carbide substrate as the film peels off.
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