Episode 18: Diamonds Aren't Forever
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Diamonds aren't forever. They are a metastable phase of carbon that is slowly reverting to graphite. But before that happens it has proven an invaluable tool in industry for cutting through metals and boring miles into the earth. In this episode, we sit down with Colton Fox, a research engineer at US Synthetic, and discuss the process of manufacturing artificial, polycrystalline diamonds for drilling applications. From their dramatic history to present challenges, this episode is a great primer for anyone interested in learning more about PCD manufacturing.

http://pdc-guru.com/uploads/2/8/7/9/2879895/daw_d-scott_history-and-impact-of-synthetic-diamond-cutters-in-og.pdf https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9781845695620500157

This episode is sponsored by Matmatch. Check out how they can help you find the perfect material for your next engineering project!

Thanks to Kolobyte and Alphabot for letting us use their music in the show!

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Materialism Team: Taylor Sparks (co-host, co-creator), Andrew Falkowski (co-host, co-creator), Jared Duffy production, marketing, and editing), Ramsey Issa (editing assistance).

Keywords: polycrystalline diamond PCD PDC drilling oil carbon high temperature high pressure

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