Al2O3

Aluminum Oxide – more commonly known as Alumina.

AlN

Aluminum Nitride

Ammonia

A gas often generated from a reaction of Silicon Nitride or Aluminum Nitride with moisture.

AX05

A binderless high purity Boron Nitride used at elevated temperatures.

B4C

Boron Carbide, a hard, light ceramic often used in body armor.

BN

Boron Nitride

CeramaSil-C®

Precision Ceramics registered trademark for Silicon Carbide.

CeramAlloy®

ATZ Precision Ceramics registered trademark for high performance Alumina-Zirconia toughened (ATZ) ceramic composite.

CeramAlloy® Ultra Hard

Precision Ceramics registered trademark for ultra-high performance Zirconia-Alumina toughened composite.

CeramAlloy® ZTA

Precision Ceramics registered trademark for high performance Zirconia-Alumina toughened (ZTA) ceramic composite.

CeramAlox®

Precision Ceramics registered trademark for Alumina (Aluminum Oxide).

CeramAlum®

Precision Ceramics registered trademark for Aluminum Nitride.

CeramaSil-N®

Precision Ceramics registered trademark for Silicon Nitride.

CeramaZirc® 3YZ

Precision Ceramics registered trademark for high performance sintered Zirconia.

CeramaZirc® Nano HIP

Precision Ceramics registered trademark for ultra high-performance Zirconia.

CeramaZirc® Ultra Tough

Precision Ceramics registered trademark for advanced high fracture toughness Zirconia composite.

Ceramic Substrate

Thin technical ceramic typically less than 2mm thick in sheet form, available in Alumina, Aluminum Nitride, and Silicon Nitride.

CIP

Cold Isostatic Press for compacting powders.

CMM

Coordinate Measuring Machine – programmable to check accuracy of machining.

Corning

Precision Ceramics is an official distributor for Corning’s Macor Machinable Glass Ceramic.

CTE

Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) is a measure of a ceramic’s expansion at differing temperatures.

Diamond Grinding

A process used to machine fully dense ceramics, using metal bond/resin/plated diamond tools.

Die Pressing

Unidirectional compacting of a ceramic blank.

DuraShock®

Precision Ceramics registered trademark for lightweight ceramic-ceramic composites.

DuraWear®

Precision Ceramics registered trademark for lightweight ceramic-ceramic composites.

Extruding

Process of making rod or tube cross section ceramics.

Green Machining

The machining of an unfired ceramic.

HIP

Hot Isostatic press – 2,000°C at 2,000 bar (29,000 psi).

ISO 9001:2015

Quality Accreditation held by Precision Ceramics.

Laser Cutting

The cutting of ceramic plates with CO2, Nd:Yag, or Fiber lasers.

Laser Scribing

Partial cutting of a ceramic plate allowing it to be manually snapped into separate pieces. This is a lower cost method of fabricating numerous parts, leaving a rough edge.

M26

A grade of Boron Nitride with a high silica content.

Macor®

A unique machinable glass ceramic manufactured by Corning in France.

Metalization

Process of joining metal to ceramic prior to soldering, welding, or brazing.

Organic Binder

Used to hold a green ceramic body together prior to sintering.

PBN

Pyrolytic Boron Nitride

Shapal Hi-M SoftTM

A unique machinable aluminum nitride manufactured by Tokuyama in Japan. Precision Ceramics is the official European and USA distributor.

Shrinkage

The process that takes place when sintering/firing and densifying ceramics. Typically 20% shrinkage will occur.

Si3N4

Silicon Nitride

SiC

Silicon Carbide

SuperDuride®

Precision Ceramics registered trademark for lightweight ceramic-ceramic composites.

Technical Ceramic

Any high purity ceramic used functionally, but not for decorative effect.

Tokamak

Fusion reactor

Tokuyama

Manufacturer of Shapal Hi-M Soft Machinable Aluminum Nitride. Precision Ceramics is the official European and USA distributor.

Ultra-Tough

A superior technical ceramic developed by Precision Ceramics.

Water Jet Cutting

High pressure water and abrasive mixture used to cut Alumina and Aluminum Nitride ceramic substrates.

White Graphite

Common term used to describe Hot-Pressed Boron Nitride.

Yttria

Rare earth element used as a sintering aid in ceramic powder.

ZrO2

Zirconium Dioxide is more commonly known as Zirconia.

ZSBN

A Zirconia/Silicon Carbide/Boron Nitride composite used with liquid or powdered metals.