Tantalum Ball Grade – Specifications

There are no industry specific standards available for tantalum ball grades. By tradition ball grades for tantalum have been adapted from steel balls production. Commonly the standards ABMA (previous A.F.B.M.A), ISO 3290 and DIN 5401 er used. The ball grades have been developed for ball bearing balls, are used to grade non-steel balls as well.

For exotic materials like tantalum, the specified ball grade only references the basic ball diameter. The surface roughness of a tantalum bead can therefore not be expected fulfilled according to steel specification.

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Ball Grades – ABMA Std-10

Grade

Sphericity Dia. Tolerance per Container/Lot Diameter Tolerance per Shipment Surface Finish
Inches MM Inches MM Inches MM Arithmetic Average
10 0.00001 0.0002 0.00002 0.0005 ±0.0001 ±0.00254 1
15 0.00001 0.0004 0.00003 0.0007 ±0.0001 ±0.00254 1
25 0.000025 0.0006 0.00005 0.0013 ±0.0001 ±0.00254 2
50 0.00005 0.0013 0.0001 0.0025 ±0.0002 ±0.0050 3
100 0.0001 0.0025 0.0002 0.0050 ±0.0005 ±0.0127 5
200 0.0002 0.0051 0.0004 0.0102 ±0.0010 ±0.0254 8
300 0.0003 0.0076 0.0006 0.0152 ±0.0015 ±0.0381

n/a

500 0.0005 0.0127 0.001 0.025 ±0.002 ±0.050 n/a
1000 0.0010 0.0254 0.002 0.051 ±0.005 ±0.127 n/a
2000 n/a n/a 0.005 0.127 ±0.005 ±0.127 n/a
Burnishing n/a n/a n/a n/a ±0.005 ±0.127 n/a

Ball Grades – ISO 3290

Grade Sphericity Variation of Ball Diameter Variation of Ball lot Diameter Surface Finish
μ meters μ meters μ meters Ra
3 .08 .08 .13 .010
5 .13 .13 .25 .014
10 .25 .25 .5 .020
16 .4 .4 .8 .025
20 .5 .5 1 .032
24 .6 .6 1.2 .040
28 .7 .7 1.4 .050
40 1 1 2 .060
60 1.5 1.5 3 .080
100 2.5 2.5 5 .100
200 5 5 10 .150

Ball Grades – DIN 5401

Grade Sphericity Variation of Ball Diameter Variation of Ball lot Diameter Surface Roughness
μ meters μ meters μ meters Ra
3 .08 .08 .13 .010
5 .13 .13 .25 .014
10 .25 .25 .5 .020
16 .4 .4 .8 .025
20 .5 .5 1 .032
28 .7 .7 1.4 .050
40 1 1 2 .060
100 2.5 2.5 5 .125
200 5 5 10 .200
500 25 25 n/a n/a

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