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The difference between graphite electrode and copper electrode

  1: the increasing complexity of the mold geometry and the diversification of product applications lead to more and more accurate discharge accuracy of the machine. Graphite electrode has the advantages of easy processing, high removal rate of discharge machining, small graphite loss, and therefore, some of the group of spark machine customers to give up the copper electrode and graphite electrode. Also some special shape electrode cannot be made of copper, but graphite is easy molding and copper electrode is heavy, not suitable for the processing of large electrode, these factors caused partial group base spark machine customers by graphite electrode.

  2: graphite electrode is easy to process, and the processing speed is much faster than the copper electrode. For example, the milling process of graphite, the processing speed of 2 to 3 times faster than other metal processing and no need for additional manual processing, and the copper electrode is required manpower grinding. Similarly, if the use of high speed graphite processing center

  graphite electrode

  Manufacturing electrode, the speed will be faster, more efficient, but also will not produce dust problems. In these processes, the choice of appropriate tools and hardness of graphite can reduce the wear and tear of the tool and the damage of copper. If the milling time of the graphite electrode and the copper electrode graphite electrode are compared, the graphite is 67% faster than that of the copper electrode. In general, the machining of the graphite electrode is 58% faster than that of the copper electrode. In this way, the processing time is greatly reduced, but also reduce the cost of manufacturing.

  3: the design of the graphite electrode is different from that of the traditional copper electrode. Many mold factory usually in copper electrode of rough machining and finish machining with different amount of reserve, and graphite electrode is used almost the same amount of reserved. This reduces the number of CAD / CAM and machine processing, for this reason alone is sufficient to improve the accuracy of the mold cavity in a large extent.

  How to use graphite materials and other relevant factors to consider is, of course, mould factory by the copper electrode conversion of graphite electrode. First of all, should be clear. Today, part of the group of spark machine customers using graphite electrode discharge machining, which eliminates the mold cavity polishing and chemical polishing process is still able to achieve the desired surface finish. Without increasing the time and polishing process, the copper electrode can not produce such a workpiece. In addition, graphite is divided into different levels, in a specific application using the appropriate levels of graphite and electric spark discharge parameters to achieve the ideal processing effect, if the graphite electrode spark machine uses the operating personnel and the copper electrode of the same parameters, then the result would is disappointing. If the material of the electrode is strictly controlled, the graphite electrode can be arranged in the non loss state (less than 1%) in the rough machining, but the copper electrode is not used.

  Graphite has the following copper can not match the quality characteristics:

  Processing speed: high speed milling and rough machining is 3 times more than that of copper; high speed milling process is 5 times more than that of copper.

  Machinability is good, can achieve complex geometric modeling

  Light weight, less density of copper 1/4, electrode holder

  Can reduce the number of individual electrodes, because they can be bundled into a combination of electrodes

  Good thermal stability, no deformation and no burr.