Ceramic Components are manufacture from many types of oxides, nitrides and carbides.  Please visit our <<MATERIALS>> page for information on the various ceramic materials we can provide.  Ceramics are formed from pressed powder that then has a consistency similar to chalk and can be near net machined with standard machining tools.  It is then fired (sintered) in a high temperature furnace where the material becomes fully dense.  At this point he material is so hard it can only be machined (ground) with diamond tools.