PCD stands for polycrystalline diamond, which is a composite diamond material used for a variety of purposes, including the manufacturing of cutting pieces for CNC woodworking and metalworking machines. Because of its extreme hardness and durability, PCD is one of the most effective, efficient, and reliable cutting materials in modern woodworking and metalworking.
Another perk of PCD is its multi-diamond configuration that is randomly oriented. Because the tiny individual diamonds aren’t arranged in a specific shape or order, PCD tooling wears evenly, extending its lifespan and reducing the need for servicing and replacements. Many woodworking and metalworking shop owners report a PCD tool life span of around 30 times that of carbide, with some even reporting lifespans several times longer than that.