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Regrinds: Getting Started

May 10, 2021 | Regrind and Downsizing


We at North American Carbide get a lot of questions in regards to our insert regrind programs. What even is a regrind? What are the benefits versus buying new? We have never done it before, how do we start? We’re here to shine the light on all these questions and more. What is a regrind? At its roots, it is taking your existing insert and regrinding it to provide a clean edge for you to machine on, but in reality, it can be so much more than that.

Our engineering team will take into account your machining medium, machine parameters, and insert geometry to give you an as good if not better cutting edge compared to your original insert. When it comes to ceramic tooling, this is our bread and butter is downsizing inserts. By taking existing worn inserts and re-purposing them to fit into different tool holders (many which our customers already have) we are able to re-use the insert until there simply is no more material to grind. We aim on every downsize to be 2/3 the cost of a new insert.

How to Get Started

If regrinding and downsizing inserts sounds like it’s for you – and who wouldn’t want a cost-effective plan – you may be wondering what the next steps are. We have three easy stages for this process:

Send it In

Ship or drop off your used inserts to our facility. No amount is too large for us to handle. We will then sort the inserts, determining which of your used inserts are regrind and downsize candidates.


After we have sorted your used inserts, we will report back to you with our findings. We’ll offer pricing for regrinding the best candidates from your used inserts, and credit your remaining scrap.


Once you approve, our team of engineers will work with you to determine the best regrind option for your specific application. We then get started regrinding or downsizing your used inserts.

More Information

If you are interested in regrinding and downsizing inserts, or have any questions about the process, please reach out to us at 716-622-0270 or contact us today. We are more than happy to help guide you through this process and work with you to select the right type of regrind for your material and application.