The Silicon Carbide (Si-sic) is a material with interesting features for mechanical applications and in particular in metrology solutions. It is in fact, a ceramic material with a very high Young modulus, excellent hardness and very low length expansion coefficient.
The extreme stiffness is one of the main qualities of silicon carbide, making it suitable for beams, linear guides on air bearings, moving parts like carriages, reducing the inertia in case of strong accelerations.
The combination of silicon carbide with the air bearing sliding gives excellent results in repeatability and accuracy, difficult to reach with other materials. The material is supplied as tubular square, rectangular or round sections, plates or shapes according to drawing (with specific limits due to the material).