ID/OD Grinding: What Are the Advantages?

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ID/OD Grinding: What Are the Advantages?

From high precision to greater efficiency, ID/OD grinding offers several advantages over other metal finishing techniques. As a result, ID/OD grinding is the ideal choice for many applications in an extensive range of industries, including medical and aerospace. Let’s explore what ID/OD grinding is, and how it can improve your next project. 

What Is ID/OD Grinding?

Inside diameter/outside diameter (ID/OD) grinding is a metal finishing process that can achieve precise dimensions and tight tolerances on cylindrical parts. It involves using a high-precision grinding wheel to shape both the inner and outer surfaces of a metal part. The ID/OD machines use advanced computer controls to ensure accuracy as well as consistency. 

Four Advantages of ID/OD Grinding

1: High Precision and Tight Tolerances

With the ID/OD process, metal parts can be ground to very specific dimensions. It allows for a level of accuracy that is difficult to attain with other methods. The process also makes it easy to find an object’s true center in order to make a perfectly circular shape. This feature is especially important in applications where precise dimensions are crucial, such as in the automotive, medical, and aerospace industries

2: Versatility

Because ID/OD grinding is so versatile, it can be used to shape a wide range of materials, including hardened steel, ceramics, and even composites. It can also be used to repair defective parts and bring them back to the exact roundness desired. 

Its versatility makes ID/OD grinding an ideal choice for many applications, from automotive parts to aerospace components. ID/OD grinding can also be used to execute a range of surface finishes, from rough to mirror-like as desired. 

3: Efficiency

Compared to other metal finishing techniques such as turning or milling, ID/OD grinding can remove materials at a much faster rate. This means that parts can be produced more quickly and with less waste, which reduces your manufacturing costs. ID/OD grinding can even eliminate the need for additional finishing processes such as honing or lapping, which further reduces production time. 

4: Complexity

ID/OD grinding can be used to produce parts with complex geometries, such as intricate internal structures and hollow spaces. Its ability to use custom-designed grinding wheels allows it to shape parts to very precise specifications. It can produce parts with features such as grooves and tapers, that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with other metal finishing techniques.

ID/OD Grinding in Phoenix, Arizona

CRC Surface Technologies in Phoenix is a one-source plating and finishing provider. Our in-house machine shop can produce precision ID/OD grinding with quick turnaround times

Call us at 602-253-4175 to learn more about our services, or email our Estimator Team at to request a quote. 


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