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EDM serves as an alternative to metal cutting and removes metal via burning or erosion. Graphite is a vital component to EDM because using graphite as a conductive material resulting in longer-lasting EDM electrodes, and removes metal more quickly. Read More…

EDM Graphite EDM graphite is used in electric discharge machining because of its electrical conductivity properties and its temperature resistance.
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Denver, PA  |  717-336-7507

At Weaver Industries we specialize in manufacturing machined graphite parts and products. Our goal is to ensure that our customers get the right tools for their applications. We are leaders in the industry for our graphite machining processes which include recycling and reclaiming machined electrodes. Custom molded urethane and high quality carbon graphite are only a few of our other capabilities.

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Harvard, IL  |  800-891-6469

Industrial Graphite Sales, LLC provides knowledge and experience in machined graphite work. We are a leading supplier of quality products for a number of high temperature type applications. Our company deals directly with the manufacturers both domestically and overseas, so that we have access to the specific grade your job may require. Let us be your supplier!

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Industrial Graphite Sales, LLC $$$

Willoughby, OH  |  800-448-8887

Innovating and manufacturing the highest quality graphite products since 1979, Ohio Carbon Blank guarantees customer satisfaction. Our machined graphite blanks come in various sizes and square, rectangular and round shapes—available from .001” up to full block sizes. No matter what the size and style, all of our products adhere to ISO 9001:2008 quality standards. For a complete list of available graphite materials and our other capabilities, contact Ohio Carbon Blank today!

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St. Marys, PA  |  814-781-7333

St. Marys Carbon Company is an integrated manufacturer of carbon materials. These materials are used in the manufacturing of automotive and industrial brushes, electrical contacts, current collector shoes, and a wide range of mechanical products. In addition, we can supply stock material if you desire to perform the final machining work.

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Lorain, OH  |  800-420-5740

Since 1971, Semco Carbon has been a leading supplier of custom carbon and graphite machining. Our graphite products include graphite rods, graphite tubes and graphite fixtures. We serve a range of industries with quality machined graphite and handle small-run jobs machined from raw blocks.

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The graphite electrodes are used to tool the desired shape and carry electric current in the EDM process. Graphite is easy to machine, exhibits great temperature resistance without burning, chemically changing or melting, and is relatively inexpensive. It may also be redressed multiple times, making them a cost effective choice for electrode material. As an alternative to copper, machined graphite can be used wherever electrical discharge machines are used, including the food, beverage, automotive, metal stamping and extruding, defense, electronics, aerospace and medical industries.

One of the only drawbacks to EDM graphite is the mess it creates while machining, due to the nature of its particles, machining graphite generates a large amount of dust. This can result in unpleasant working conditions or in potential contamination of products and equipment if not carefully maintained. Modern electric discharge machines are often equipped with negative pressure shrouds, which remove almost all the dust.

There are 5 main measured physical properties of EDM graphite. The first is particle size. The graphite powder that is used to make EDM tools has varying grades of fineness. Smaller particles result in a smoother surface finish, while large particles offer a higher metal removal rate. Next, flexural strength is measured. Tighter bonds between particles result in greater strength, which means good machinability and reduced erosion during the discharge phase. The apparent density of graphite measures how much carbon there is in terms of volume; the higher the density, the lower the wear rate.

Hardness is measured in shores, and good, strong EDM graphite is between 60 and 80 shore, and exhibits no cracking or chipping during machining. Finally, electrical resistance is measured. Lower measurements usually mean overheating is unlikely. The different sizes of particles are used to classify graphite, the most advanced and fine type of which is called angstrofine, and it is used when fine detail and a smooth finish is required. It has particles smaller than 1 micron.

Next, ultrafine particles are between 1 and 5 microns, and are the most common. Superfine particles are between 6 and 10 microns, and are used for roughing in cavities with larger detail, while fine graphite, with particles between 11 and 20 microns, is strictly used for roughing large cavities. It is important to choose the correct EDM graphite for the specific application as some types are more suitable than others, depending on particle and product size, desired precision of results etc.

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