North American Carbide has joined ARCH Cutting Tools and is making the transition to operating as ARCH Cutting Tools – Orchard Park. This change broadens our product offerings to customers and strengthens our position as Your Complete Tool Making Authority®.

PCD Inserts

Polycrystaline Diamond Inserts

PCD is the hardest man made material, which is known for its superb hardness and high wear resistance. North American Carbide offers more than 10 grades of PCD allowing us to find the right tool for your application. Inserts are induction brazed utilizing a controlled heating process.

Common applications for PCD:

  • Aluminum and aluminum alloys
  • Copper, brass and bronze alloys
  • Zinc and magnesium alloys
  • Carbon Fiber
  • Epoxy resins
  • Plastics
  • Fiberglass composites
  • Graphite composites


Call us and let our experts help you choose the proper grade based on your application!

1.) Relapping Inserts:

This is the simplest and least expensive way of reworking your PCD tooling inserts. The wear on your insert is measured and we simply grind back your cutting edge to clean up the wear. Edge preps, if any, are reapplied and you get back a cutting tool at a fraction of the cost of a new one. This tool can then be used in its original holder.

2.) Resetting Inserts:

In this process the wear on your insert is measured and a shim of equal or greater size is placed behind the inserts tip. The original geometry of your tool is then ground back giving you an as new cutting tool.

3.) Retipping Inserts:

In this process we simply remove the used tip from its carbide body. A new tip is re-brazed to the tool saving you the cost of having to replace the body