Special Issue "Coatings for Cutting and Stamping Tools: Recent Advances"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.
Interests: manufacturing process; aeronautics; machine tools; Industry 4.0; machining
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(2) IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, 48013 Bilbao, Spain
Interests: tribology; manufacturing of functional materials; nanomaterials; nanotechnology; sensor technologies; smart materials; surface engineering
Interests: machining of free-form geometries; micro-milling; machining force; die and moulds manufacturing; additive manufacturing; CAD/CAM/CAx integration and development; injection of plastic parts; 4.0 industry
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Due to the current demand for manufactured goods, the use of higher cost machine tools with improved performance is justified because of the increase in process productivity through the application of higher cutting speeds, deformation ratios, and other manufacturing parameters. Clearly, tool coatings are one of the key aspects in the final performance of many cutting and stamping tools used in high added value sectors. In fact, new improved coating products used on a large variety of cutting and forming processes are being regularly launched at the largest manufacturing and engineering trade shows around the globe.
Consequently, research and innovation on tailored-made thin films and coatings, which can dramatically improve tool life and reduce tool wear due to their superior surface properties, is of primary importance to the global manufacturing sector. The recipes for new tool coating generations usually introduce layers with innovative compositions containing multiple chemical elements, multi- and nano-layers and nanocomposite structures based on nanocrystalline grains embedded into amorphous matrixes. Studies related to coating adhesion to substrates, internal stresses, erosion, and surface fatigue behavior are also topics of great importance to this sector.
In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Hard coatings for cutting tools, end mills, inserts, drill bits, taps, and others.
- Coatings that can increase tool life through the reduction of friction on punches, molds, and dies.
- Coating deposition technology for tool steels (cold/hot work steel, high-speed steels, HSS, HSCO, M42, etc.) and cemented carbides.
- Coatings performance under heavy-duty conditions, experiments showing the influence of coatings on tool life and process performance.
- Pre- and post-treatments of tool/piece surfaces to achieve a better adhesion and surface finish. Drag grinding, blasting, chemical processes, which can be as important as the coating structure itself.
- Tribology of coatings in manufacturing processes.
- Coatings and surfaces for high-precision applications.
- Diamond-like carbon coatings.
- PVD and CVD techniques: equipment, technology, and control.
- Examples of good practices of manufacturing processes in which hard coatings make a significant difference.
Prof. Dr. Luis Norberto López de Lacalle
Prof. Dr. Jose Luis Endrino
Prof. Dr. Adriano Fagali de Souza
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Coatings is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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