Diamonds may be best known for adorning glamorous jewellery, but there’s much more to these precious stones than fashion and beauty. When grown in labs, diamonds can be tailored for use in a whole range of applications and industries.
For example, synthetic industrial diamonds from Element Six have been used in the production of everything from cars to speakers. Here, we take a look at just a few of the functions of lab-grown diamonds that you may not be aware of.
Most people don’t realise it, but diamonds are widely used in the automotive industry. They’re harnessed in the production of critical engine and gearbox components, the assembly of brake discs and wheels, and the manufacture of body panels. Compared to more traditional tooling materials, synthetic diamonds are more robust, last longer and produce a more consistent finish. Thanks to these qualities, they can help to bring down production costs. So, next time you climb behind the wheel, consider the lab-grown diamond products that may have been used to help create your car.
Synthetic diamonds also feature in some high-quality speakers. Chemical vapour deposition (CVD) diamonds lend themselves to the creation of intricate domes that are used as components in sound systems. They can be ‘grown’ into precise shapes to make extremely thin (around half the thickness of a human hair), low density yet very stiff domes that produce an impressive sound quality with minimal distortion.
Many planes are now manufactured from carbon fibre reinforced plastic composites. While these materials have lots of features that are beneficial for flight, they are difficult to work with during the production process because they are so tough. However, manufacturers now have the option of using drill bits and other tools featuring synthetic diamonds, which can cut through carbon fibre with relative ease. Equipment that is laced with this lab-grown material is more robust and efficient, helping to lower production costs for airlines.
If you’d like to find out more about the many uses of synthetic diamonds, you can take a look at Element Six’s recent eBook entitled ‘Ultimate Supermaterial: The Diversity of Diamonds’.
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** Note: This is a collaborative post.