Microfinishing Yesterday-Today and Tomorrow from Micron to Nano and Ångström
What will be decisive for the further existence of single wheel lapping machines?
The increasing requests for dimensional tolerances, flatness, and roughness are still being a success by the single wheel machine techniques and hardly replace any other technique.
An important increase in quality was obtain by using so-called “high precision tools” such as diamond grit, vehicles, special working wheels (multi-metal), and polishing coatings. Without the lapping and polishing technique, CD/DVD and high-tech applications such as data systems, mobiles, space travel a.s.o. (picture 3) would hardly exist.
The possibilities of the lapping and polishing techniques are not exhausted yet; it is quite often due to lacking development in material techniques that qualities in the nano or angstrom range can’t be obtained without problems.