3M is effecting a paradigm shift in South Africa’s metal fabrication, casting and forging industry with its Cubitron™ II metallurgical grinding abrasives. Industries that have generally utilised generic, low-grade abrasive technology in metal fabrication, now have access to a product that produces a more consistent finish at a faster rate, over a service life that is at least double that of its nearest competitor, according to the company.
The precision-shaped grains in Cubitron II grinding wheels from 3M continuously fracture to form sharp points and edges and help abrasives slice cleaner and faster, stay cooler, and last longer than conventional wheels.
3M Abrasive Systems’ 3M™ Cubitron™ II bonded abrasive grinding and cut-off wheels is a revolutionary new technology that reinvents the grinding process. With Cubitron II abrasives, users get precision-shaped grain technology that cuts faster, stays sharper longer, and requires less pressure than conventional grinding and cut-off wheels.
In addition, the abrasives can help reduce operator fatigue and increase productivity. This technology is the most important change in abrasives in the last 20 years.
Conventional ceramic abrasive grains are irregular in shape and work by “plowing” through metal, which can cause heat buildup, slower cutting and shorter life. But the precision-shaped grains in Cubitron II grinding wheels continuously fracture to form sharp points and edges. This technology helps Cubitron II abrasives slice cleaner and faster, stay cooler, and last longer than conventional wheels.
Cubitron II abrasives offer performance that dramatically surpasses that of traditional grinding wheels made with aluminium oxide, alumina zirconia or ceramic grain. In fact, competitive products require up to three times the amount of pressure to match the cut of Cubitron II abrasives. With the advantages of this technology, operators are subjected to less wear and tear, and can remove more material with the same amount of effort.