What is Diamond Core DrillingDiamond core drilling, named after its diamond bit, is an efficient and accurate method of drilling a wide variety of hard materials—including, but not limited to, asphalt, masonry, and steel—without vibration. No vibration ensures that nearby structures aren't damaged in the drilling process. This dust-free, noise-free system makes diamond core drilling the technique of choice for environmentally-conscious contractors.
Why Diamond Core Drilling?Diamond core drilling techniques are used when a precise circular penetration is needed. Holes up to 60" in diameter can be drilled to virtually any depth. Coring can be done in slabs and walls, on any angle. Electric or hydraulic drilling rigs can be used for drilling in sensitive locations or confined spaces.
Diamond Stich DrillingStitch drilling is a common technique used to make non-standard shaped and sized holes, when standard cutting equipment isn’t suited for the job. This technique is performed by coring a series of overlapping holes, allowing for one large segment to be removed. Stitch drilling is often the answer when dealing with relatively thick slabs or walls, or when the structural integrity of the purposed opening cannot be compromised.
Applications for Diamond Core Drilling:
- Anchoring Bolts
- Concrete Sample Analysis
- Many more…
Advantages of Diamond Core Drilling
Diamond core drilling is a cost-effective cutting technique that decreases both time to project completion and labor costs. Other advantages include:
- No-to-low noise pollution
- Precision cutting through nearly any kind of material, including concrete
- No vibration means no damage to nearby structures
- An environmentally-friendly, debris-free system
History of Diamond Core Drilling
We all know that diamond core drilling is a revolutionary, cutting edge technology essential to the construction industry as we know it. But did you know that it originated in early Egypt? That’s right. Ancient Egyptians used diamonds to ‘drill’ holes into rocks used to build the pyramids. Obviously, diamond core drilling has come along way since then. J.R. Leschot, a Swiss engineer, is credited with the invention of the diamond drill in 1862. His invention ushered in an era of construction and exploration that would be unrivaled by any other technological developments in the field. While percussive drills existed at the time, the steel bits were not strong enough to drill through rock, making the process impractical and unsafe.
Diamond drilling techniques were essential to the construction of railroads, tunnels, dams, coalmines, and much more. Without it, most subterranean—or even space exploration—would not be possible. Even the Mars Curiosity Rover is equipped with a diamond drill!