Lapping, honing & polishing
Lapping, honing and polishing are the finishing processes after the stock removal stages to give a final size to the component or product and a high level of surface finish. It is used in many industries: natural and manmade stone products, ceramics, glass, ferrous and non-ferrous metals and many products in the electronics industry.
Because stock removal rates are extremely low, these processes are often slow but that is a compromise usually accepted because the final surface finish is the key objective.
The process is usually carried out with a special purpose machine using a specific design of abrasive tool but often, there is no tool just a slurry of abrasive material
NDP supply a wide range of products to suit these industries: SynMic, PolyMic and cBNMic as loose abrasives are used in the manufacture of the Superabrasive tools. SynMic would typically be used for materials such as natural stone; cBNMic for lapping and honing of ferrous metals, particularly in the automotive industries.