Perfect for Machining of Ceramics

Shapal Hi-M Soft is a composite of aluminium nitride (AlN) and boron nitride (BN), mixed and sintered together to create a dense ceramic material. The unique composition of Shapal Hi-M Soft and the conditions under which it is produced result in lamellar crystal particles. These crystallites help prevent the surface cracks and fractures often associated with the machining of ceramics.

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Product Benefits

Superior Machinability: 

Allowing it to be shaped into complex, high-precision forms using a variety of techniques such as drilling, turning, and milling. It also provides an effective seal in vacuum conditions.

High Thermal ConductivityHigh Thermal Conductivity

High Thermal Conductivity:

It is approximately four times greater than that of alumina (aluminium oxide), and it boasts of:

  • High mechanical strength, flexural strength of 30kg/mm2 which is comparable to that of alumina
  • Transparency to infrared light allows visible infra-red light to pass through easily
Corrosion ResistanceCorrosion Resistance

Remarkable Electrical Characteristics:

It provides excellent insulation resistance and exhibits a low dielectric loss factor and a small dielectric constant.

High Corrosion Resistance:

It does not react with molten metals. Even at high temperatures, Shapal Hi-M Soft maintains its purity, ensuring that molten metal remains uncontaminated

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Utilize the Breadth of Machining Methods

Shapal Hi-M Soft is manufactured as a hot-pressed large sheet or billet (the largest being approximately 305mm x 305mm x 84mm). This sheet can be easily machined into complex shapes and sizes, while holding tight tolerances.

Goodfellow offers Shapal Hi-M Soft in different forms such as:

  • Shapal Hi-M Soft Bars
  • Shapal Hi-M Soft Tubes
  • Shapal Hi-M Soft Rods
  • Shapal Hi-M Soft Disks
  • Shapal Hi-M Soft Sheets
  • Shapal Hi-M Soft Customized Components can be produced with specified surface finishes and tolerances

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How SHAPAL Hi-M Soft can be Applied

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Vacuum Parts or Components

Shapal Hi-M Soft’s excellent sealing ability being a non-porous material with non-outgassing behaviour makes it ideal for manufacturing parts or components that operate in vacuum conditions. This includes parts in vacuum chambers and vacuum processing equipment where maintaining a high-quality vacuum is crucial.

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Electronic components

In electronics, managing heat is a critical concern. Shapal Hi-M Soft, with its high thermal conductivity, is an excellent material for electronic components where heat dissipation is required, such as in power electronics and high-frequency devices.

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Refractory Parts

Shapal Hi-M Soft’s high mechanical strength and thermal stability make it suitable for refractory parts such as protective tubes. These tubes can be used in high-temperature environments, such as furnaces, without deforming or melting.

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Heat Sinks

Heat sinks are used to dissipate heat from electronic devices and prevent overheating. Shapal Hi-M Soft’s high thermal conductivity makes it an excellent material for heat sinks, ensuring efficient heat transfer and cooling of devices.

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Crucibles for Vacuum Deposition

In vacuum deposition processes, materials are deposited in a vacuum environment. Shapal Hi-M Soft can be used to make crucibles for these processes due to its high temperature stability, non-outgassing behaviors and non-reactivity with molten metals.

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High Temperature Nozzle

Nozzles operating under high-temperature conditions require materials that can withstand these temperatures without degrading. Shapal Hi-M Soft, with its high-temperature properties, is ideal for such applications.

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Components and Parts

In applications where dimensional stability over a range of temperatures is required, Shapal Hi-M Soft is an excellent choice. Its low coefficient of thermal expansion means it experiences minimal expansion or contraction with temperature changes, making it ideal for precision components.

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