Services Offered: 4 Types of Grinding

It’s not just the equipment in the shop, it’s the expertise and techniques we have that gets the job done. We operate with sophisticated CNC tools and cutter grinders, inspection equipment, and other tools for making a wide range of products. In this blog, we discuss one of our many services offered, grinding. At Custom Tool & Grinding we provide surface, OD/ID and centerless grinding services. To learn more, keep on reading.

Surface Grinding

Surface grinding is the most common of the grinding operations. Surface grinding is a widely used abrasive machining process in which a grinding wheel cuts chips of metallic or nonmetallic substance from a workpiece. This is done to attain a desired surface for a functional purpose while also giving the workpiece a more refined look. Typical workpiece materials include cast iron and mild steel. Other materials are aluminum, stainless steel, brass, some plastics, ceramics and composite materials.

Centerless Grinding

Centerless grinding is typically used when many parts must be processed in a short time. This machining process uses abrasive cutting to remove material from a workpiece. Centerless grinding differs from centered grinding operations in that no spindle or fixture is used to locate and secure the workpiece. Instead, the workpiece is secured between two rotary grinding wheels, and the speed of their rotation determines the rate at which material is removed from the workpiece.

ID Grinding

ID Grinding is used when an inside diameter or cylindrical opening requires a precise size and surface finish. The process is also known as inside diameter grinding, inner diameter grinding, or bore grinding. Parts such as bushings, rollers, bearings, and tubes often require this type of grinding.

OD Grinding

An OD grinder does exactly what its name implies–it grinds the outer diameter of any round or cylindrical workpiece. In most cases, parts are required to be held in the machine by centers on each end of the part. Parts such as shafts, rolls, pins, and cylinders often require a precise outer finish and grind.

Contact Custom Tool Today!

The grinding process is complicated and requires a well-developed understanding not only of grinding but of the part to be ground. Thanks to our years of experience working with our customers, Custom Tool & Grinding has that understanding. Our goal is not to simply meet a customer’s requirements, but to help them increase productivity, reliability and accuracy, all while improving their bottom line. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you!