Electroplated diamond dressing blocks from Engis Corp. can provide a simple and efficient way to turn a standard grinder with reciprocating table (e.g., a surface grinder, tool and cutter grinder, or optical form grinder) into an automatic form grinder when combined with power down-feed. Electrogrip® diamond dressing blocks are used to quickly and accurately dress specific forms into aluminum oxide and silicon carbide grinding wheels. They are simple to use and can be held magnetically or mechanically on the machine table, or mounted within a part holding fixture.
By setting the block at the finished ground height and adjusting the reciprocating stroke length, the unit will continually dress aluminum oxide and silicon carbide wheels as the part approaches its finished form and height. At the same time as the wheel is being freshly dressed, the work piece is being accurately ground to size and shape. Straight peripheral tools are available for quick truing and dressing without vibration or chipping.
Advantages include simplified set-up, long tool life and the elimination of costly wheel truing attachments, as well as added machine versatility. For additional details, visit www.engis.com