Hard and brittle materials, when drilled with common methods, tend to fracture and lose strength, their quality greatly diminished in the process. These materials also cause excessive tool wear, which increases costs and reduces efficiency. A technology combining a laser and diamond produces precise micro holes with a quality finish in materials that would otherwise be difficult to drill. The aerospace industry, using more materials like ceramic matrix composites and carbon composites/ceramics, can benefit from such a technology.
- Evaluate the current state of advanced materials manufacturing
- Determine a better way to drill hard and brittle materials
- Compare the efficiency of their current manufacturing process in terms of tool wear