Boron Carbide

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For over 60 years we have been a precision machining and polishing fabricator of parts from all technical ceramics, sapphire, glass and quartz. We machine these materials to very precise tolerances (many times measured in millionths of an inch) for dimension, flatness, wedge and roundness or cylindricity. Our customers typically have a critical application that requires extremely tight tolerances in ultra-hard materials. We also have the capability to grind and polish spherical radius parts in a variety of hard materials, both inside and outside diameters, to optical requirements.

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Chemical Formula


2.48 - 2.52 gm/cc

2800-3000 Knoop

Modulus of Elasticity

51 - 66 x 106 psi

Flexural Strength
48 - 58 kpsi
Compressive Strength
200 - 350 kpsi
Poisson's Ratio
0.16 - 0.21
Fracture Toughness
3 - 4 MPa m<sup>½</sup>
Volume Resistivity

1 ohm-cm

Coefficient of Thermal Expansion

5.0 - 5.6 x 10-6/°C

Thermal Conductivity
33 - 92 W/mK
Maximum Working Temperature
600 °C

All properties are at room temperature unless otherwise noted.

Engineering data are representative, and are not intended as absolute nor warrantable. Manufacturer’s Data shown is blended from multiple sources and therefore illustrates the marketplace.

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