It probably seems a little strange or odd that a diamond, a gemstone that is one of the most popular and holds such a high status in society would even be considered to be used in a mining drill, especially since diamonds are one of the more sought after gems in the world. But it is true, diamonds are more than just sought after for their beauty but also for their usefulness by a variety of different industries and mining is one of them. The fact is, that the majority of all diamonds that are mined are used for industrial reasons and only a quarter of all the diamonds in the world are actually used in jewelry.
So why are diamonds used so much and even in a mining drill? It is because of their chemical composition making them the hardest material natural or man made that is known to man on this earth. It is because of this invincibility that makes diamonds so popular for using in industrial drills and for cutting saws. Another advantage of using diamonds in drilling tools is that the lifespan of the diamond drill bit is quite a bit longer than any other kind of drill bit. The diamond is also considered invaluable because of the thermal stability that it has.
Diamonds are most commonly used in the oil and mining industries. The diamond drill bits are used in a mining drill for getting core samples and for oil well drilling. They can also be used in circular saws that are used for cutting marble, granite and other kinds of very hard stone that come in quarried blocks. The drill bits, saws and other tools using diamonds are custom made and in a variety of different diameters and lengths that correspond to the different materials and the different pressures that are needed for the tool that is being used.
Other than a mining drill or saws the diamond can be used as semiconductors to harness power. Blue diamonds especially have superior electric conductivity. The Current will travel through a semiconductor and this is then used to make microchips. They have great electronic qualities even in higher temperatures, far better than other minerals. They can also be used as a heat sink for semiconductors. Since microprocessors, power handling semiconductors and other micro-electromechanical items need a method to reduce their temperature the diamond is the one thing that is most efficient in transferring heat.
Diamonds can also be used as an abrasive. These particles work much better than any other abrasive for polishing a variety of different stone surfaces. The powder that is made from diamonds is often called a super abrasive. It consists of block like, jagged diamond particles that all have irregular surfaces. These edges hold up very well through even the most extreme heat that is generated by friction during abrasive sanding and polishing.