Surface finish is an important parameter that affects wear, friction, oil retention in engines and compressors, and fluid flow. C-K Engineering has
developed a family of bore replicator systems that can be used for industrial (SEE 3-D®i, 0.370” - 1.031”) and automotive (SEE 3-D®a, +2 3/4”)
The key to the replication process is a two-part silicon rubber compound, that can replicate structures as fine as 0.1m. The compound starts as a
thixotropic liquid that is applied to the replicator apparatus which is inserted into the bore to be replicated. This process takes about 12-15 minutes.
After completely curing, the finished replicate can be removed and analyzed.
Analysis is performed with an optical microscope, an interferometer. Both replicator systems include a low cost interferometer.
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