Course detail

Advanced Materials for Cutting Tools

FSI-9PMRAcad. year: 2023/2024

The subject acquaints students with the cutting tool materials. It deals with high speed steels, cemented carbides (without/with hard and wear resistant coatings), cermets, cutting ceramics and super hard tool materials (polycrystalline diamond and polycrystalline cubic boron nitride) from the viewpoint of their classification, marking, properties, production and use. The subject describes the newest tool materials of the top home and foreign cutting tools producers and methods of their coating - CVD, MTCVD, PVD and others.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Students are expected to have the knowledge acquired in the course of previous study, namely in the following fields: theory and technology of machining, material science, physics. English language is also required.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Examination verifies the theoretical knowledge of topics presented in lectures and consultations. It has an oral part only.
Recommended participations in lessons. Compulsory and checked participations in exercises and labs .Attendance at lectures is recommended, it can be substituted by regular consultations with the teacher, by consultations on the selected professional workplace outside the faculty, or by visiting technical libraries, after previous agreement with the teacher.


The goal of the course is to provide students with up-to-date specialized knowledge in the area of cutting tool materials and particular tool materials of the top home and foreign cutting tools producers.
The course familiarises students with advanced cutting tool materials (classification, marking, properties, production, producers, effective use).

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

HUMÁR, A. Materiály pro řezné nástroje. MM publishing s. r.o., Praha. 2008. 235s. ISBN 978-80-254-2250-2. (CS)
STAHL, J.-E. Metal Cutting Theories and Models. GB Seco Tools AB. 02858870 ST20126371. 2012. 580 pp. ISBN 978-91-673-1336-1. (EN)
BROOKES, K.J.A. Hardmetals and other Hard Materials. Second Edition. Shrewsbury, England: European Powder Metallurgy Association, 1992. 198 p. ISBN 0 9508995 3 4. (EN)
Trent, M., Wright, K.: Metal Cutting.Butterworth–Heinemann, 2000.4th ed. 464 p. ISBN 0-7506-7069-X (EN)
DE VOS, Patrick, Jan-Eric STÅHL, Kateřina DUFKOVÁ, Miroslav PÍŠKA a Martin SLANÝ. Opotřebení řezných nástrojů: praktické zkušenosti. Fagersta: Seco Tools AB, 2014, 168 stran (CS)

Recommended reading

SANDVIK CZ s.r.o. Technická příručka obrábění. 2005. C-2900:3CZE/01. AB Sandvik Coromant 2005.10.
HUMÁR, A., PÍŠKA, M. Materiály pro řezné nástroje. MM Průmyslové spektrum - Speciální vydání. Září 2004. ISSN 1212-2572., s. 84-96.
TECHNICKÉ MATERIÁLY, KATALOGY A PROSPEKTY firem Ceramtec, Ceratizit, Gühring, Iscar, Kennametal, Korloy, Mitsubishi, Pramet Tools, Sandvik Coromant, Seco, Walter, Widia.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme D-STG-K Doctoral, 1. year of study, winter semester, recommended
  • Programme D-STG-P Doctoral, 1. year of study, winter semester, recommended

Type of course unit



20 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1.General classification and marking of cutting tool materials, high speed steels and their applications
2.Cemented carbides without coatings and their applications
3.Cemented carbides without coatings and their applications
4.Coated cemented carbides and their applications
5.Coated cemented carbides and their applications
6.Cermets and their applications
7.Cutting ceramics and its applications
8.Cutting ceramics and its applications
9.Polycrystalline diamond and its applications
10.Polycrystalline cubic boron nitride and its applications