When you hear the term ‘synthetic diamonds’, it’s likely you automatically think of jewellery. However, while this material is used in the creation of necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets, it is also used in a whole host of different applications – some of which you may never have heard of.

As Element Six points out in its latest eBook ‘Ultimate Supermaterial: The Diversity of Diamonds’, lab-grown diamonds have the same physical properties and chemical structures as their natural counterparts, with the difference being that the artificial versions can be tailored for use in a variety of applications.

In this blog, we take a look at synthetic diamonds and three surprising ways in which they are used today…

  1. Car manufacturing

Synthetically made diamonds play an important role in car manufacturing. For instance, this material is often used in the production process of many engine and gearbox components, as well as wheel assembly, window design and the smooth finish of a vehicle’s body panels. This supermaterial provides a consistent production process, helping to increase cutting and grinding speeds while lowering operational costs at the same time, making it a popular choice in the automotive industry.

  1. Healthcare

Did you know that synthetic diamonds are often used in the healthcare industry? In fact, if you’ve ever undergone a minor operation or received radiotherapy, it’s likely you’ve benefited from the use of this artificially made material.

For example, synthetic diamond components have helped transform non-invasive surgery procedures, particularly in cases where advanced fibre optics deliver powerful laser beams. As this technology develops, it could end up replacing traditional surgery, providing surgeons with precise, bio-compatible tools. As a result, operation times are expected to shorten, which is good news for both patients and hospitals.

  1. Consumer technology

Believe it or not, synthetic diamonds are used in a range of consumer technology applications too – and the chances are you use gadgets that have been manufactured using this material on a daily basis. For instance, synthetic diamonds are often used in the production of speakers. A process called chemical vapour deposition (CVD), whereby a diamond is produced via chemicals and gases, means this material can be used to help improve the quality of sound. A diamond that has been developed using CVD can be ‘grown’ into different complex shapes, resulting in supreme sound quality without distortion.

From car manufacturing, to the healthcare sector, to the technology industry, there’s no denying that synthetic diamonds are used for much more than just jewellery production.