Hanover, NH 03755
Environmental Problem - Cutting fluids decrease the temperature of both the cutting tool and the part during the machining process; the coolant fluid is sprayed into the machining zone during cutting, increasing tool life and improving the quality of the parts produced. Cutting fluids, however, are expensive, can be toxic, and produce a significant waste stream. Responsible handling of waste fluid is needed to avoid the contamination of lakes, rivers, and groundwater. Additionally, dermal exposure to these fluids and inhalation of airborne fluid particulates pose health concerns. Because of these drawbacks, there has been a recent shift toward dry cutting, but it is not an ideal solution. Dry cutting increases energy and per part costs and can require a significant upfront investment that is too high for many manufacturers.
SBIR Technology Solution - With support from EPA’s Small...