Abrasives Market Research Reports & Industry Analysis
There are many kinds of natural and synthetic abrasives or abrasive materials. Sharpening stones are generally considered better when natural, and naturally occurring abrasives include calcite, or calcium carbonate, diamond dust, emery, or impure corundum, novaculite, pumice dust, rouge, and sand. Various abrasive minerals, like zirconia alumina, are naturally occurring but too rare or costly that synthetic stones are used for industrial purposes. Other artificial abrasives include ceramics, borazon, or cubic boron nitride (CBN), ceramic aluminum oxide, ceramic iron oxide, corundum, or aluminum oxide, dry ice, steel abrasive, silicon carbide, or carborundum, and the aforementioned zirconia alumina. Manufactured abrasives include bonded abrasives housed in a matrix or binder made of clay, glass, resin or rubber. Grinding wheels, cutting wheels, sand paper, abrasive paperboard products, and coolants are also manufactured abrasive tools that can be employed.