Centerless grinding. Creep-feed grinding. Cylindrical grinding. Gear grinding. Tool grinding. They all demand precision. And to achieve the highest precision, you need the best abrasives. 3M offers all the abrasives to take your precision grinding, finishing and microfinishing operations to the next level. Plus, we have the foremost technical and sales expertise to develop custom solutions just for you.
Specialized 3M solutions for highly complex processes.
Reach new dimensions of ID grinding performance with a groundbreaking new technology from 3M Abrasives. By 3D printing CBN grinding wheels, we can create custom precision-structured superabrasives with unique surface slots, integrated cooling holes, passages and channels.
3M™ Precision Structured Vitrified CBN Grinding Wheels deliver the design freedom and high performance required to boost productivity in your complex ID grinding processes.
3M Precision-Shaped Grain is the advanced technology behind our 3M™ Cubitron™ II™ products. Here’s how it works: Precision-Shaped Grain is designed with sharp, triangular structures that continuously fracture to form new, sharp points rather than dulling like traditional abrasives.
Cuts faster. Runs cooler.
These clean, sharp points mean an abrasive that cuts faster, runs cooler and lasts much longer than conventional abrasives. Where conventional abrasives generate excessive heat buildup, the heat generated from our Precision-Shaped Grain is directly dissipated from the workpiece into the chip.
Save time. Save money.
As the saying goes, “time is money.” Fast-cutting 3M™ Cubitron™ II increases productivity and lasts up to 2x longer than the competition, improving output while reducing changeover.
Put 3M to work for you.
We have solutions to boost the efficiency and precision of your grinding operations, from creep-feed to gear grinding and everything in-between. Whether you manufacture cutting tools, turbines, gears or bearings, 3M grinding wheels help you turn out higher-quality parts – faster.
To get perfectly round parts from the centerless grinding process, you need the right machine and the right abrasives. That’s why professionals in the powertrain, bearing and cutting tool manufacturing industries use 3M abrasives to grind their parts.
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Surface and creep-feed grinding are frequently used in the bearing industry, and turbine manufacturing for power generation. The process is divided into several steps, and consistent material removal is essential – making 3M abrasives the ideal solution.
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Inside diameter (ID) and outside diameter (OD) cylindrical grinding are commonly used grinding techniques. Our grinding wheels cut cool and perform well with low contact pressure – making them an ideal choice for manufacturers across multiple markets.
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Gear grinding requires high precision, so it’s important to use the right grinding wheel for the application. Thankfully 3M offers an expansive abrasives portfolio that covers bevel gear grinding, threaded gear grinding and single rib gear grinding.
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3M microfinishing film has been a fixture in the powertrain segment for decades thanks to consistent, predictable performance. The micron-graded mineral produces a consistent, repeatable finish, and 3M innovation continues to drive the technology forward.
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Modern cutting tool manufacturing means complicated geometries, very high tolerances and demanding surface finish requirements. With these requirements in mind, 3M designs and manufactures high-performance grinding wheels that are up to the challenge.
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Let’s talk grinding. If you’re curious about customized 3M precision grinding and microfinishing solutions, we can help. Our abrasive experts can get you what you need, whether you want to learn more about a specific grinding application or just need help finding the right product to get the job done. Give us a call at 855-809-1710.
3M is your total solution supplier, offering the abrasive wheels, microfinishing films, dressing equipment and tools you need for any precision grinding application. Pair this broad 3M product selection with our world-renowned industry expertise, service and support, and the result is a winning partnership.
Where toughness meets precision, you’ll find our CBN and diamond grinding wheels. We offer a full selection of superabrasive wheels that make easy work of carbides, hardened steels and more.
3M microfinishing films for use on round parts like crankshafts and camshafts, and 3M flexible diamond products used on a wide range of hard-to-grind materials to improve surface finish.
Dress grinding wheels quickly and with precision by using 3M dressing equipment and tools, and take advantage of 3M as a complete solution supplier.
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