Introduction; Historical development of diamond tools; Classification of diamond tools; Loose diamond abrasives; Single-crystal diamond; Bonded diamond grits and powders; Polycrystalline diamond (PCD); CVD diamond. Machining with diamonds – theoretical model: Circular sawing; Frame sawing; Wire sawing; Core drilling; Concluding remarks. Diamond tool design and composition: The effect of tool design on its performance; Metal matrix selection; Cobalt powders; Cobalt substitutes; Other matrix powders; Diamond grit selection; Coated grits. Diamond tool fabrication: Powder metallurgy; Matrix powder preparation; Matrix-diamond mixture preparation; Cold pressing; Hot pressing; Sintering; Hot isostatic pressing; Infiltration; Other consolidation routes; Deburring; Quality control; Finishing operations; Radius grinding; Brazing/laser welding; Truing and dressing; Tensioning; Wire saw assembly. Microstructure of the matrix: Processing to near full density; Grain size; Recovery and recrystallisation; Phase composition:
Mechanical properties of the matrix; Hardness; Yield strength; Bending strength; Impact strength. Wear properties of the matrix: Resistance to abrasive wear; Two-body abrasive wear
Three-body abrasive wear; Resistance to erosive wear; The role of diamond. Main application areas and operating guidelines for diamond impregnated tools: Sawing; Core drilling; Grinding and polishing; References.