How To Polish?

- May 28, 2019-

How to polish?

1. Mechanical polishing Mechanical polishing is a polishing method that removes the polished convex portion by plastic deformation on the surface of the material to obtain a smooth surface. Generally, oil stone strips, wool wheels, sandpaper, etc. are used, mainly by manual operation, and special parts such as rotation For the surface of the body, an auxiliary tool such as a turntable can be used, and the method of super-fine polishing can be used for the surface quality. Ultra-fine grinding and polishing is a special-purpose grinding tool. In the polishing liquid containing abrasive, it is pressed against the machined surface to perform high-speed rotary motion. With this technology, a surface roughness of Ra0.008 μm can be achieved, which is the highest among various polishing methods. This method is often used in optical lens molds.

2. Chemical polishing Chemical polishing is the process in which the material is slightly fused in the chemical medium, and the concave portion is preferentially dissolved to obtain a smooth surface. The main advantage of this method is that it can polish a workpiece with complex shapes without complicated equipment, and can polish many workpieces at the same time with high efficiency. The core issue of chemical polishing is the formulation of the polishing fluid. The surface roughness obtained by chemical polishing is generally several 10 μm.

3. Electropolishing The basic principle of electropolishing is the same as chemical polishing, which is to selectively dissolve the surface of the material to make the surface smooth. Compared with chemical polishing, the effect of the cathode reaction can be eliminated, and the effect is good. The electrochemical polishing process is divided into two steps: (1) Macro-leveling The dissolved product diffuses into the electrolyte, and the surface roughness of the material decreases, Ra>1 μm. (2) Low-light leveling Anodic polarization, surface brightness is improved, Ra<1μm.

4. Ultrasonic polishing The workpiece is placed in the abrasive suspension and placed together in the ultrasonic field. The abrasive is ground and polished on the surface of the workpiece by the vibration of the ultrasonic wave. Ultrasonic machining has a small macroscopic force and does not cause deformation of the workpiece, but it is difficult to manufacture and install the tooling. Ultrasonic processing can be combined with chemical or electrochemical methods. On the basis of solution corrosion and electrolysis, the ultrasonic vibration stirring solution is applied to dissociate the dissolved products on the surface of the workpiece, and the corrosion or electrolyte near the surface is uniform; the cavitation of the ultrasonic wave in the liquid can also inhibit the corrosion process, which is favorable for surface illuminating.

5. Fluid polishing Fluid polishing is performed by polishing the surface of the workpiece with the high-speed flowing liquid and the abrasive particles it carries. Common methods are: abrasive jet processing, liquid jet processing, hydrodynamic grinding, and the like. The hydrodynamic grinding is hydraulically driven to cause the liquid medium carrying the abrasive particles to flow back and forth across the surface of the workpiece at high speed. The medium is mainly made of a special compound which flows at a lower pressure and is doped with an abrasive, and the abrasive can be made of silicon carbide powder.

6. Magnetic Abrasive Polishing Magnetic abrasive polishing is the use of magnetic abrasives to form an abrasive brush under the action of a magnetic field to grind the workpiece. This method has high processing efficiency, good quality, easy control of processing conditions and good working conditions. With a suitable abrasive, the surface roughness can reach Ra 0.1 μm.