Cutting it Fine with Ceramic Blades

Cutting it Fine with Ceramic Blades

Ceramic blades are a relatively new product. Developed for processes that originally required round rotating blades where down time to change them was an issue to the production line, the longer run time of ceramic blades improved efficiency.

Ceramic blades in industrial […]

Perfect Cover with Ceramic Ballistic Armor

Perfect Cover with Ceramic Ballistic Armor

Over the years, ceramics have found their way into many specialized fields. But ballistic armor has to be one of the strangest.

In the aftermath of World War II, the search to find new methods of reducing casualties became paramount, especially as the increasing development in rifles […]

Ultra High Vacuum for Science & Research

Ultra High Vacuum for Science & Research

The first time I heard the expression “ultra-high vacuum”, I was sitting in a meeting in the 1970’s, looking at drawings, and was asked if the parts in the drawing complied. Luckily my colleague was on the ball and I did not need to confess that I wasn’t sure what they meant.

Ultra-high vacuum […]

Ceramic Balls for Engineering

Ceramic Balls for Engineering

I first came across a ceramic ball race many years ago when I was handed one which had broken into several pieces. The failure of this assembly should have pointed to limitations in the material. But as it came from a Formula One racing car which had been driven by a certain Michael […]

What are Machinable Ceramics?

What are Machinable Ceramics?

For most people, ceramics are hard, brittle materials, mostly associated with tiles, bricks, and pottery. These functional and mostly clay-based materials are the most common ceramics in daily use.  The more specialist technical ceramics used in extreme environments and demanding […]