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MACOR® Machining Specifications

Technical information about the processing of MACOR®

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General Information

Essential factors for the successful processing Semi finished MACOR parts, MACOR toolsof MACOR® are proper machining speeds and the selection of a suitable coolant. The glass-ceramic can be processed with conventional HSS tools, although we recommend using carbide tools for more extended wear. Further, we recommend using water-soluble coolants designed for sawing and grinding glass or ceramics. Post-firing after machining is not necessary. On the right, you find typical values for the machining of MACOR®.

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Processing Parameters



  • Carbide-grit blade
  • Alternative: silicon carbide or diamond cut-off wheel
  • Band speed: approximately 30,5 m/min.


  • Cutting speed: approximately 9–15 m/min.
  • Feed rate: approximately 0,05–0,13 mm/round
  • Depth of cut: approximately 3,8–6,4 mm


  • Cutting speed: approximately 6,1–10,7 m/min.
  • Chip load approximately 0,002 ipt
  • Depth of cut: approximately 3,8–5,1 mm


Drill size

Spindle Speed

Feed rate

approx. 6,4 300 0,13
approx. 12,7 250 0,18
approx. 19,0 200 0,25
approx. 25,4 100 0,30
approx. 50,8 50 0,38


  • Clearance holes are approximately 0,2–0,3 mm larger than those used for metals
  • Chamfer both ends of the hole
  • Run the tap in one direction only
    (Do not turn the tap back and forth.)
  • Continuously flush with water or coolant to remove chips and dust


  • Use diamond, silicon carbide, or aluminum oxide grinding wheels


  • Start with loose 400-grit silicon carbide on a steel wheel
  • You can do final polishing with cerium oxide or alumina on a polishing pad for glass or ceramics.

*We assume no liability for all processing details mentioned here. Errors are possible and remain reserved.

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Last update: April 20, 2024