Effect of laser surface texturing on the wettability of WC-Co cutting tools


During machining processes, a high temperature is generated in the cutting zone due to plastic deformation, resulting in an increase of wear and consequently reducing the lifetime of cutting tools. The addition of well-defined patterned surfaces with random or regular microfeatures to cutting tools can improve its wettability, providing an enhanced lubrication effect, a reduced tool-chip friction and a lower tool wear rate. In this sense, this work proposes a laser surface texturing approach of WC-Co green compacts to obtain different cross-hatched micropatterns, for enhancing these tools wettability. Results showed that laser surface texturing allowed to produce well-defined, reproducible and equally spaced cross-hatched micropatterns in WC-Co green compacts. A contact angle of 33.5 degrees was obtained for the experiment with a groove and peak width of 250 mu m and 3 laser passages, resulting in a 27% reduction, when compared with an untextured cutting tool (45.8 degrees). This approach was found effective to improve the wettability of WC-Co cutting tools.



subject category

Automation & Control Systems; Engineering


Guimaraes, B; Fernandes, CM; Figueiredo, D; Carvalho, O; Silva, FS; Miranda, G



This work was supported by FCT (Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia) through the project POCI-01-0145-FEDER-030353 (SMARTCUT) and also by the project NORTE 01-0145, FEDER000018 (HAMaBICo). Additionally, this work is supported by FCT with the reference project UID/EEA/04436/2019.

Share this project:

Related Publications

We use cookies for marketing activities and to offer you a better experience. By clicking “Accept Cookies” you agree with our cookie policy. Read about how we use cookies by clicking "Privacy and Cookie Policy".