As the trend of electronic industry is fast moving towards miniaturization, diversity, high efficiency and high throughput, the devices to be mounted onto a PCB are increasingly densely packed so are the holes needed to keep all elements in place. To effectively and economically generate so many holes of small diameter and high aspect ratio, the drilling process has to be done in a high speed manner and tool life has to be kept as long as possible. This study aimed to improve the tool life and the quality of the obtained holes by applying various hard coatings on the drills. The results showed that tool life could be effectively improved from 2500 hits to around 11000 hits at 155Krpm and 3.5m/min when proper hard coating was applied. It was found that wear of drill was resulted mainly from abrasive wear and adhesion wear. It was also showed in the research that while non-coated drills suffered serious deformation after 500 hits those coated with Al2O3 could finish 11000 hits with very limited wear land on the drills.
Applied Mechanics and Materials 217-219, pp.2121-2124