The PDC cutters can be set at various rake angles. These rake angles include back rake and side rake. The back rake angle determines the size of cutting that is produced. The smaller the rake angle the larger the cutting and the greater the ROP for a given WOB. The smaller the rake angle , however, the more vulnerable the cutter is to breakage should hard formations be encountered. Conversely the larger the rake angle the smaller the cutting but the greater resistance to cutter damage. Back rake also assists cleaning as it urges the cuttings to curl away from the bit body thereby assisting efficient cleaning of the bit face. Side rake is used to direct the formation cuttings towards the flank of the bit and into the annulus.

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