Various Polycrystalline Diamond Compact (PDC) bit configurations are discussed below. The term "diamond bit" normally refers to bits incorporating surface-set natural diamonds as cutters. This bit type, which has been used for many years, was the predecessor to PDC bits and continues to be used in certain drilling environments. Diamond bits are used in abrasive formations. They drill by a high-speed plowing action that breaks the cementation between rock grains.