For over a year now, I’ve been looking down at my left hand and twisting it this way and that, letting that diamond engagement ring of mine shimmer and shine. Without fail, it always brings a smile to my face, and not just because I’m a bit of a magpie, but for the memories it holds and the promise it means. I’ve only ever wanted one diamond in my life, and there it is.
This little diamond of mind doesn’t just have me thinking about all things wedding bells and I do’s though. It’s got me thinking about diamonds themselves, more specifically synthetic industrial diamonds. Who says education ends the minute you throw that cap into the air and head off into the world? I’ve always thought of diamonds as baubles, you know, something beautiful, shiny, pretty. I’ve never stopped to think about their wider use.
Lab grown synthetic diamonds are shine for shine, the twin of their naturally occurring counterpart. Only in the lab, we can do so much more with their structure, tailoring them for specific roles, jobs and tasks across multiple sectors. From aerospace to healthcare, automotive and consumer goods, heck, the device your currently reading this post on is probably made up of synthetic diamonds in some way, shape or form!
Working in the NHS, I was instantly drawn to the use of synthetic diamonds in healthcare. These small but mighty little baubles are making huge waves in the healthcare industry, specifically in surgeries and radiotherapies. When it comes to surgical procedures, synthetic diamonds are making less invasive techniques more possible, cutting time on the table down, resulting in reduced waiting times and more comfortable recovery times. Let’s face it, nobody wants to spend more time than they have to in a hospital, take it from someone who works in one!
The use of these synthetic diamonds in products we use on a daily basis really surprised me too. I guess I’ve been pretty naive, as I’ve never really thought about what goes into the likes of the phone in my hand or the laptop I’m typing this post up on. CVD, chemical vapour deposition is the way in which synthetic diamonds are produced. What does this even mean? It means that the way in which these diamonds are grown in the lab, means we can grow them into various shapes and structures - like speakers! With the perfect combination of hardness and stiffness, a cvd diamond tweeter dome delivers a ridiculously high quality sound, making you the maestro at every house party!
I’m not even scratching the surface on the use of synthetic diamonds here, they can and are being used for so much more! Precision cutting, more powerful tools and machinery, longer machine life across so many industries. Just stop for a second and think, in how many areas of your life have synthetic diamonds improved things for yourself and your loved ones? From surgery to safer, better made aeroplanes and cars. You’ll be surprised at how long this list really is!
Have you ever heard of synthetic diamonds?
Until next time,
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