We offer a very broad range of lubricants, enabling you to choose exactly the product you need for your preparation. Lubricants serve as lubricating and cooling liquid. All our lubricants are optimised to provide high removal rate and optimal surface finish in the shortest possible time at an affordable cost.
Our water-based lubricants and Aka-Lube Clear are based on a two-component system. They contain particles sized in the nano range to allow the lubricant to get into the area where the actual cutting action between the diamonds and the sample is taking place. Therefore, these lubricants are the optimal choice for the highest possible removal rate and finest surface finish.
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Ranged after lowest viscosity/smearing effect, our water-based lubricants are as following:
Aka-Lube Clear+ is a polymer-based lubricant. It is the thinnest lubricant available and recommended to be used for hard materials and for very high material removal.
Aka-Lube Green is slightly thicker than Aka-Lube Clear+. It is recommended when both high material removal and surface finish is important.
Aka-Lube Yellow is used for polishing a wide range of materials?. It has properties that range between Aka-Lube Green and Aka-Lube Red and can therefore be used as a general lubricant or where Aka-Lube Green is too aggressive.
Aka-Lube Red is the thickest of our lubricants and thus the optimal choice for soft and sensitive materials.
Our water-free lubricants are as following:
Aka-Lube Clear WF is a water-free version of Aka-Lube Clear+ with very low viscosity used for fast preparation of water sensitive materials.
Aka-Lube Blue is a traditional, ethanol-based lubricant with excellent cooling used for fast, automated preparation.
Aka-Lube Blue Concentrate is Aka-Lube Blue without ethanol. As it is not flammable, it is safe and much less expensive to ship. It requires to be mixed with ethanol before use.
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How do I find the correct lubricant for my preparation needs?
The lubricant is selected based on the preparation step and the material to be prepared. Fine grinding or coarse polishing of hard materials requires a thin, low viscosity lubricant like Aka-Lube Clear+, Aka-Lube Blue or Aka-Lube Green. They are used to achieve high removal rates and short preparation times. Fine polishing of soft materials is done with Aka-Lube Yellow or Aka-Lube Red to avoid deep scratches. For water sensitive materials, Aka-Lube Blue or Aka-Lube Clear is the correct choice.
Can lubricants for metallographic polishing be used with any diamond suspension?
Most lubricants can be paired with any diamond suspension. Usually you select the diamond suspension first, depending on the material to be prepared and the preparation step. Then you select a lubricant to fit the grinding disc or polishing cloth used. There are some combinations that do not really make sense, like a coarse diamond grain size of 15 µm and a high viscosity lubricant like Aka-Lube Red, but otherwise many combinations are possible.