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The Wire Saw offers the most gentle mechanical method for cutting virtually any material using either a diamond impregnated wire blade or a plain wire blade with an abrasive slurry. In addition to traditional mechanical cutting, the saw can also be used as a string saw to cut water soluble crystals. It is most useful for cutting fragile crystals, substrates with delicate layers or any material that would be damaged when using a diamond wheel saw. Very brittle materials will cut the fastest, but even soft materials can be cut since there is not the problem of loading the blade that is inherent with diamond or abrasive wheels. The Wire Saw has sample holders available to hold virtually any shape sample including a goniometer to simplify the cutting of oriented crystals.

Operation

When used as an Abrasive Slurry Wire Saw the Model 810 offers the most gentle mechanical method for cutting a material. A sample is mounted to a sample holder and attached to the arm. An appropriate load is applied by adjusting the counterbalancing weight. Using a coarse adjustment the sample is positioned in any starting position relative to the wire blade and then a micrometer is used for precise sample positioning. With the wire rotating and about 1cc of abrasive slurry poured slowly into the funnel, the arm is gently lowered until the sample touches the wire blade. Abrasive slurry drips from the funnel onto the lower pulley thereby coating the wire. The wire blade will carry the slurry to the sample and lap its way through the material resulting in a smooth cut with minimal subsurface damage. The excess slurry will drop back into the funnel and recirculate through the system. Cutting will continue until the automatic cutoff switch is triggered.

When used as a Diamond Wire Saw the Model 810 uses a diamond impregnated wire blade and a glycerine coolant in place of the abrasive slurry. Diamond wire cutting is used for cutting hard materials or when contamination from an abrasive slurry is undesirable.

When used as a string saw the Model 810 can cut water soluble crystals, such as sodium chloride, by having a water soaked wick rub against a standard wire blade. The water is carried on the wire blade to the sample and cuts by dissolving its way through the crystal.

Wire Blades

Five different wire blades are available for the Wire Saw. .005", .010" and .015" diameter plain wires and .010" and .015" diameter diamond impregnated wires. The .010" and .015" diameter wire blades will last about .75 to 4 hours of cutting time with the average being from 1- 2 hours. The .005" diameter wires will last from .5 - 1.5 hours of cutting time. The life of the blade depends on many factors including wire speed, pressure, blade diameter, material being cut, type of abrasive slurry and the strength of the weld. It is important to note that the blades used with an abrasive slurry will decrease in diameter as they are used while the diamond impregnated wires will maintain the same diameter.

Abrasive Slurry

A slurry composed of glycerine, water and silicon carbide, boron carbide or diamond powder is typically used with the wire saw. Boron carbide is most commonly used as it is very hard and its relatively low density allows it to stay in suspension better than silicon carbide. Diamond slurry can also be used economically with the Model 810 for very hard materials as it takes only a few cc’s of slurry to charge the abrasive recirculating system.

Special Features

  • Self contained recirculating system requires only a few cc's of slurry which makes it economical to use diamond slurries and minimizes clean up when cutting toxic materials.
  • Wire tension gauge simplifies the process of selecting the proper tension for each diameter wire.
  • Easy to replace continuous loop wire blade.
  • Micrometer cross-feed mechanism provides precise sample positioning.
  • Automatic termination of the cutting process is controlled by an electromechanical downstop which minimizes supervision.
  • All sample holders can be rotated 360° and are interchangeable with the Model 650 Low Speed Diamond Wheel Saw.
  • 2-Axis Goniometer can be transferred directly from an x-ray or optical track for cutting oriented crystals.
  • Compact size and simple operation makes it ideal for use in glove boxes, fume hoods and hot cells.
  • Integrated recirculating system makes it ideal for cutting water soluble crystals.
  • Counterbalanced arm allows for fine adjustments in cutting pressures.

Single-Axis Goniometer, Double Clamp SampleHolder, Petrographic Sample Holder, ViseAccessories

Model 65001 Single-Axis Goniometer

The Model 65001 has a graduated scale with a 0.2° vernier and can be rotated 360°. This rotational capability makes it ideal for precisely slicing single crystals. The sample is mounted to a block using a low melting point wax and the block is subsequently clamped into the Model 65001. Wax mounting of the sample ensures that the cut piece will remain attached to the holder and will not be damaged by falling after being cut.

Model 65003 Double Clamp SampleHolder

The Model 65003 is a clamptype holder designed to clamp both ends of a round or rectangular rod while cutting between the two clamped positions. The Model 65003 can also be used as a single-clamp holder to hold encapsulated metallurgical samples up to 1.25" in diameter.

Model 65004 Petrographic Sample Holder

The Model 65004 is designed to hold 2.5 cm x 5.0cm glass plates, onto which petrographic or other samples are waxed, while making saw cuts parallel to the glass plate. The glass plate is held against a stainless steel support plate with vacuum and is placed firmly against 3 locating pins to maintain its position.

Model 65005 2-Axis Goniometer

The Model 65005 is a 2-axis goniometer used for orienting and cutting single crystals. The Model 65005 can be mounted on an x-ray track for orientation using the Model 65011 Track Mount and then transferred to the Model 810 for cutting. With the sample mounted to the goniometer, the vertical axis can be rotated 360° within 0.2° while the horizontal axis can be rotated ±50° from the 0.2° vernier on the arm.

Model 65006 Vise

The Model 65006 Vise is designed to hold flat, round and irregularly shaped samples without the need of a mounting wax. The entire vise can rotate 360° in the horizontal plane. An extended v-notch jaw enables the mounting of cylindrical samples up to 1.25" in diameter including encapsulated metallurgical samples.

Right Angle Holder, Bone Chuck, Track MountModel 65007 Right Angle Holder

The Model 65007 Right Angle Holder is designed to hold mounting blocks parallel to the saw blade. The Model 65007 accomodates stainless steel mounting blocks up to 1.5" in diameter which are directly transferable to the lapping and polishing fixtures.

Model 65008 Ball Joint Holder

The Model 65008 Ball Joint Holder is designed to allow a wide range of motion to position the specimen for cutting. The Model 65008 is mounted similar to the Model 65007 Right Angle Holder and consists of a specimen mounting block which is mounted to the ball joint holder. The ball joint allows the specimen to be adjusted in any direction up to 10° maximum. This provides a wide range of motion and flexibility to cut oddly shaped specimens.

Model 65017 Bone Chuck

The Model 65017 allows you to hold the sample utilizing a series of 10 independently adjustable mounting screws. These mounting screws make it possible to hold irregularly shaped specimens and rotate them 360 degrees in a horizontal plane. The Model 65017 Bone Chuck attaches to the standard work arm in place of the standard sample holders.

Model 65018 Right Angle Bone Chuck

The Model 65018 attaches to our Model 65007 right angle holder. The 65018 includes a 65007 Right Angle Holder and a 65017. It holds the bone at a right angle relative to the 65017. It can still rotate 360 degrees in the horizontal plane (although the 65017 is now at a right angle), but the 65017 is held in a fixed position within the 65007 utilizing a set of locating pins. The 65017 can be rotated in 90 degree increments as there are multiple sets of pin holes for the locating pins.

Model 65019 Adjustable Right Angle Bone Chuck

The Model 65019 uses the 65017 holder and it mounts into a specially designed right angle holder. As there are no locating pins in this design, you can rotate the sample 360 degrees in both a horizontal and a vertical plane.

Model 65011 Track Mount

The Model 65011 Track Mount is designed to mount the Model 65005 2-Axis Goniometer onto a 1.99" or 2.19" wide x-ray or optical track for crystal orientation.

Specifications

Dimensions:   14.5" W x 16.5" H x 11.0" D
Net Weight:   38 lbs
Wire Speed:   0-700 SFM
Wire Types/Diameters: Stainless Steel: .005", .010" & .015"
  Diamond: .010" & .015"
Max Sample Diameter:   2"
Motor:   1/15 HP DC
Cross-Feed Range:   2" total (1" coarse + 1" micrometer)
Micrometer Feed:   0 - 1.000", .001" increments or 0 - 25mm, 0.01mm increments
Electrical Input:   100 VAC 50/60 Hz
    115 VAC 50/60 Hz
    220 VAC 50/60 Hz

Ordering

55210-810 Wire Saw – Model 810 each 12000.00 Add to Cart

msdsmsdsmsdsParts included with the Model 810

55202-01 Model 65001-Single Axis Goniometer each 1425.00 Add to Cart
55202-03 Double Clamp Holder, Model 65003 each    
55210-2 Aluminum Mounting Plate (x2) each 8 Add to Cart
55210-3 Aluminum Mounting Plate (x2) each 7 Add to Cart
55210-4 Graphite Mounting Plate (x4) each 7 Add to Cart
55210-5 Graphite Mounting Plate (x4) each 7 Add to Cart
55210-51 Mounting Wax Sample Kit each    
55210-6 Work Arm Assembly each    
55210-8 Micrometer Head, 25mm Travel each    
55210-9 Micrometer Adapter, metric each    
55210-90 Bottles with Closing Spout (x2) each    
55213-10 Stainless Steel Wire Blades, 0.005” Dia 10/pk 118.00 Add to Cart
55214-10 Stainless Steel Wire Blades, 0.010” Dia 10/pk 110.00 Add to Cart
55216-05 Diamond Impregnated Wire Blades, 0.010” 5/pk 160.00 Add to Cart
55170-14 14µm Silicon Carbide Powder, 50g each 5.00 Add to Cart
50510-14 14µm Boron Carbide Powder, 25g each 80.00 Add to Cart
16550-100 Glycerin, 100 ml each 10.00 Add to Cart
55210-17 Drip Glue each    
55210-18 Funnel each    
55210-19 Drip Pan each    

Accessories

55202-04 Petrographic Sample Holder, Model 65004 each 750.00 Add to Cart
50180-05 2-Axis Goniometer, Model 65005 each 1300.00 Add to Cart
55202-11 x-Ray Track Mount for Model 65005, Model 65011 each 1525.00 Add to Cart
55202-06 Vise Holder, Model 65006 each 750.00 Add to Cart
55202-07 Right Angle Holder, Model 65007 each 460.00 Add to Cart
55202-17 Bone Chuck Holder, Model 65017 (for holding irregular parts) each 275.00 Add to Cart
55202-18 Right Angle Bone Chuck Holder, Model 65018 (for holding irregular shape parts) each 700.00 Add to Cart
55202-19 Adjustable Right Angle Bone Chuck Holder, Model 65019 (for holding irregular parts) each 850.00 Add to Cart
arrow12Wire Saw Consumables
55213-10 0.005” Dia, Stainless Steel Wire Blades 10/pk 108.00 Add to Cart
55213-50 0.005” Dia, Stainless Steel Wire Blades 50/pk 525.00 Add to Cart
55213-100 0.005” Dia, Stainless Steel Wire Blades 100/pk 1000.00 Add to Cart
55214-10 0.010” Dia, Stainless Steel Wire Blade 10/pk 110.00 Add to Cart
55214-50 0.010” Dia, Stainless Steel Wire Blades 50/pk 500.00 Add to Cart
55214-100 0.010” Dia, Stainless Steel Wire Blades 100/pk 925.00 Add to Cart
55215-10 0.015” Dia, Stainless Stee Wire Blades 10/pk 110.00 Add to Cart
55215-50 0.015” Dia, Stainless Steel Wire Blades 50/pk 500.00 Add to Cart
55215-100 0.015” Dia, Stainless Steel Wire Blades 100/pk 925.00 Add to Cart
55216-05 0.010” Dia, Diamond Wire Blades 5/pk 160.00 Add to Cart
55216-25 0.010” Dia, Diamond Wire Blades 25/pk 650.00 Add to Cart
55216-100 0.010” Dia, Diamond Wire Blades 100/pk 2300.00 Add to Cart
55217-5 0.015” Dia, Diamond Wire Blades 5/pk 175.00 Add to Cart
55217-25 0.015” Dia, Diamond Wire Blades 25/pk 699.00 Add to Cart
55217-100 0.015” Dia, Diamond Wire Blades 100/pk 2500.00 Add to Cart

Wire Saw arrow12Wire Saw – Model 850

The Wire Saw offers the most gentle mechanical method for cutting virtually any material using either a diamond impregnated wire blade or a plain wire blade with an abrasive slurry. In addition to traditional mechanical cutting, the saw can also be used as a string saw to cut water soluble crystals. It is most useful for cutting fragile crystals, substrates with delicate layers or any material that would be damaged when using a diamond wheel saw. Very brittle materials will cut the fastest, but even soft materials can be cut since there is not the problem of loading the blade that is inherent with diamond or abrasive wheels. The Wire Saw has sample holders available to hold virtually any shape sample including a goniometer to simplify the cutting of oriented crystals.

Special Features

  • Variable speed abrasive slurry pump and reservoir with mixing motor keeps abrasive in suspension and ensures that fresh abrasive is constantly applied to the cutting area.
  • Easy to replace continuous loop wire blade.
  • Micrometer cross-feed mechanism provides precise sample positioning.
  • 2 or 3-Axis Goniometers can be transferred directly from an x-ray or optical track for cutting oriented crystals.
  • Counterbalanced arm allows for fine adjustments in cutting pressures.
  • Optional microscope provides a capability for precise sample alignment.

Operation

When used as an Abrasive Slurry Wire Saw the Model 850 offers the most gentle mechanical method for cutting a material. A sample is mounted to a sample holder and attached to a work table on the base of the saw. An appropriate load is applied by adjusting the counterbalancing weight and the mechanical downstop is set. The sample is then positioned in any starting position relative to the wire blade and then a micrometer is used for precise sample positioning. With the wire rotating, the arm is gently lowered until the wire blade touches the sample. Abrasive slurry is applied by hand from a drip bottle or automatically with the Model 85030 Abrasive Recirculating System. The cutting is accomplished by directing the abrasive slurry to the point of contact between the moving wire blade and the sample. The excess slurry will drain off the contoured base of the saw into a reservoir. Cutting will continue until the mechanical downstop is reached.

When used as a Diamond Wire Saw the Model 850 uses a diamond impregnated wire blade and a water coolant in place of the abrasive slurry. Diamond wire cutting is used for cutting hard materials or when contamination from an abrasive slurry is undesirable.

When used as a string saw the Model 850 can cut water soluble crystals such as sodium chloride, by having a water soaked wick rub against a standard wire blade. The water is carried on the wire blade to the sample and cuts by dissolving its way through the crystal.

Wire Blades

Five different wire blades are available for the Wire Saw: .005", .010" and .015" diameter plain wires and .010" and .015" diameter diamond impregnated wires. The wire blades will last .75 - 4 hours of cutting time with the average being from 1 - 2 hours. The .005 diameter wires will last from .5 - 1.5 hours of cutting time. The life of the blade depends on many factors including wire speed, pressure, blade diameter, material being cut and type of abrasive slurry. It is important to note that the blades used with the abrasive slurry will decrease in diameter as they are used while the diamond impregnated wires will maintain the same diameter.

Abrasive Slurry

Premixed abrasive slurries in boron carbide, silicon carbide, aluminum oxide and diamond for use with the wire saw are available. Boron carbide is most commonly used as it is very hard and it's relatively low density allows it to stay in suspension better than silicon carbide.

Work Tables

A work table is mounted onto a slide assembly and is where a sample is actually mounted. It is important to carefully examine your requirements in order to make a proper work table selection. In some cases, multiple work tables will be required to offer maximum flexibility. One work table is required for proper operation of the Wire Saw.

Model 85013 Work Table

This table is designed to be mounted on the Model 85011 Goniometer Mount and is used in place of the Model 85015 Work Table to provide a quick means of transferring between oriented cutting with the Model 250 and standard, non oriented cutting. The Model 85013 can be used to cut either parallel or perpendicular to the mounting block without removing the Model 85011 which has been previously aligned with the wire blade. The mounting blocks are also directly transferable to SBT Lapping & Polishing Fixtures.

Model 85014 Vise

The Model 85014 Vise is designed to hold flat, round and irregularly shaped samples without the need of a mounting wax. The entire vise can rotate 360° in the horizontal plane. An extended v-notch jaw enables the mounting of cylindrical samples up to 1.25" in diameter including encapsulated metallurgical samples.

Model 85015 Work Table

The Model 85015 rotates 360° and is used for cutting operations that do not require precise orientation. The Model 85015 consists of a protective plastic cover for the cross feed and 2 work tables - 1 to hold 1" wide mounting blocks and 1 to hold 2" wide mounting blocks. A sample is mounted by waxing it to a graphite plate which is attached to an aluminum block. The aluminum block is then clamped into the Model 85015.

Model 85016 Indexing Table

The Model 85016 has a calibrated 360° rotation with a vernier reading of 6 minutes of arc and is used when precise sample orientation is required. The Model 85016 consists of a protective plastic cross-feed cover and a work table to accommodate 2" wide mounting blocks. A sample is mounted by waxing it to a graphite plate which is attached to an aluminum block. The aluminum block is then clamped into the Model 85016.

Cross-Feed Mechanisms

A precision cross-feed mechanism, onto which a work table is mounted, is required for proper operation of the Wire Saw.

Model 85021 1" Cross-Feed

The Model 85021 utilizes a precision micrometer with a total range of 1" or 25mm. The Model 85021 is shown above with a Model 85015 mounted to it.

Model 85022 2" Cross-Feed

In addition to the 1" or 25mm micrometer, the Model 85022 offers 1" of coarse adjustment for a total range of 2" or 50mm. The Model 85022 is shown above with the Model 85016 mounted to it.

Accessories

Model 85011 Goniometer Mount

The Model 85011 Goniometer Mount is used to mount the Model 250 Goniometer onto the wire saw's slide assembly. The Model 85011 is initially aligned with the wire so that a precisely oriented cut can be made once the Model 250 has been transferred from an x-ray or optical track. The Model 85011 is shown above with the Model 250 Goniometer mounted on the Model 85021 Cross Feed.

Model 85024 Angular Goniometer Mount

The Angular Goniometer Mount was designed to be used with the Model 85022 Cross-Feed and allows the Model 260 to be mounted onto the Model 850 Wire Saw. The Model 85024 has a 2" cross-feed when used with the Model 85022. It also has the ability to pivot up to 30° parallel to the wire from a horizontal position. To accommodate the Model 260, the Angular Goniometer Mount is typically set at an angle when cutting oriented samples. The Model 85024 is shown above with Model 260 Goniometer mounted to it.

Model 85030 Abrasive Slurry Recirculating System

The recirculating system consists of an abrasive slurry reservoir and a variable speed abrasive slurry pump. The reservoir consists of a cup like cast aluminum container with a mixing motor that attaches to the back of the Model 850. It collects the abrasive slurry which drains from the contoured surface of the Wire Saw and continually stirs the slurry keeping it in suspension. The Abrasive Slurry Pump consists of a peristaltic pump and a variable speed, heavy duty motor. The slurry is pumped from the reservoir and is applied to the sample through an adjustable slurry tube.

Specifications

Dimensions (850 only):   28" W x 18" H x 9" D
Dimensions (850 with reservoir):   28" W x 18" H x 14" D
Dimensions (pump only):   11" W x 5" H x 10" D
Net Weight (Model 850):   19 Lbs.
Net Weight (Model 850 220V):   24 Lbs.
Net Weight (Model 85030):   17 Lbs.
Wire Speed:   1200 SFM
Wire Types/Diameters Stainless Steel: .005”, .010”, & .015”
  Diamond: .010” & .015”
Max Sample Diameters:   3”
Motor:   1/25 HP AC/DC
Cross Feed Range (max):   2” total (1” coarse + 1” micrometer)
Micrometer Feed:   0 - 1.000”, .001 increments or 0 - 25mm, 0.01 mm increments
Electrical Input:   90-120 VAC 50/60 Hz
    200-240 VAC 50/60 Hz

Model 85040 Alignment Microscope

The Alignment Microscope is mounted directly to the base of the Model 850 Wire Saw and is capable of viewing the sample through a slot in the top of the Wire Saw's arm. The microscope has a 40x magnification and is ideal for dicing semiconductor wafers along narrow streets or whenever critical alignment of a sample is required.

Ordering

55220-850 Wire Saw – Model 850 each 15500.00 Add to Cart

Parts included with the Model 850 Wire Saw

55222-15 Work Table, Model 85015 (includes 1” & 2” work tables, mounting blocks, graphite plates, splash cover) each 1000.00 Add to Cart
55222-22 Metric Cross Feed Stage, Model 85022M (An English micrometer can be substituted) each 1700.00 Add to Cart
55222-50 Abrasive Slurry Recirculating System, Model 85050 (Includes slurry pump, slurry container & slurry mixer) each 2700.00 Add to Cart
55213-10 Stainless Steel Wire Blades, 0.005”, 10/pk each 108.00 Add to Cart
55214-10 Stainless Steel Wire Blades, 0.010”, 10/pk each 110.00 Add to Cart
55216-05 Diamond Impregnated Wire Blades, 0.01”, 5/pk each 160.00 Add to Cart
55210-51 Mounting Wax Sample Kit each  
55220-10 Plastic Bottles, 125 ml (x2) each 12.00 Add to Cart
50260-14S 14µm Silicon Carbide Powder, 250g each 18.00 Add to Cart
50510-14 14µm Boron Carbide Powder, 125g each 80.00 Add to Cart
16550 Glycerin, 2x450 ml each 36.00 Add to Cart
55220-11 Hex Wrench Set each 40.00 Add to Cart

Accessories

55222-40-A Alignment Microscope, Model 85040 each 2300.00 Add to Cart
55222-14 Vise Sample Holder Worktable, Model 85014 each 925.00 Add to Cart
55222-16 Indexing Sample Holder Workable, Model 85016 each 1975.00 Add to Cart
50176-60 3-Axis Goniometer, Model 260 each 5000.00 Add to Cart
50176-50 2-Axis Goniometer, Model 250 each 2395.00 Add to Cart
55222-09 Mounting System for Model 250 Goniometer, (includes: Model 85011 Goniometer mount, Model 85013 Worktable, and Splash Guard) each 1600.00 Add to Cart
50176-51 Model 25002, x-Ray Track Mount for Model 250 each 1600.00 Add to Cart
50176-52 Model 25005, x-Ray Track Mount for Model 250 each 1600.00 Add to Cart
55222-21 Cross-Feed, Model 85021 each  
55222-24 Angular Goniometer Mount, Model 85024 each 3700.00 Add to Cart

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