The technical requirements of aerospace and defense component manufacturing have become increasingly demanding as production sophistication has grown and regulatory requirements have increased. Metal parts used in helicopters, airplanes and advanced military applications must meet critical tolerances that are oftentimes measured in the thousandths of an inch.
Examples of the ways that Airbrasive’s products can be used in the Aerospace & Defense sector include:
• Small hole drilling
• Marking helicopter blades
• Turbine blade regeneration
• Aluminum and plastics deburring on valve and manifold parts
• Removing burrs on machined parts
• Cleaning and texturing mold cavities for plastic parts
• Surface texturing and preparation
• Wire stripping
Over recent decades, electronic componentry has become ubiquitous in industrial and consumer goods globally. Much of the world’s transportation, computation, and data storage capabilities depend on the reliable output of semiconductors, specifically. Electronics manufacturers require precision cutting, scoring, and cleaning techniques to achieve the level of quality required by their customers.
Examples of the ways the Airbrasive’s products can be used in the Semiconductor & Electronics sector include:
• Removing conformal coatings
• Cutting circuit board conductors
• Silicon wafer etching
• Resistor and capacitor trimming & adjustment
• Deoxidizing contact surfaces
• Removing varnish from magnet wire
• Ceramic drilling, cutting, edging and marking
• Glass scoring, etching, drilling, cutting
The metal production, processing, and machining sub-sectors represent some of the most critical input players across all tangible goods producers. These fields are relied upon by nearly every end segment of the built world—whether it be construction, energy, or transportation. In order to effectively service the diverse and frequently changing needs of their customers, businesses in these spaces need extremely agile and efficient deburring, drilling and finishing solutions.
Examples of the ways the Airbrasive’s products can be used in the Machining & Metals sector include:
• Machine tooling
The medical and dental industries are continuously being revolutionized by the production of new devices and tools. The quickening pace of innovative development in these industries necessitates that device and wearable technology manufacturers both enhance and speed up their production processes. Critical among these production capabilities is the ability to apply abrasive solutions, which is often needed both from a competitive and a regulatory perspective.
Examples of the ways the Airbrasive’s products can be used in the Medical & Dental sectors include:
• Cleaning and preparation of surgical tools
• Blasting and cleaning metal, porcelain, investment, enamel
• Surface texturing for advanced adhesion
• Texturing & deburring implantable devices
• Deburring threads on cannulated bone screws
• Conformal coating removal
• Deburring of syringes, vascular stents and cannulae
• Cleaning and texturing of mold cavities
Technological advancement has created significant production and preservation value within the archeological, art, and jewelry fields. Hand-driven techniques that have been performed for hundreds of years are now capable of being done in a fraction of the time with more precision using abrasive tools. Whether it be rooted in a desire to preserve extremely rare and precious materials or an attempt to execute established processes faster, master practitioners in these fields are now leveraging micro-abrasive techniques.
Examples of the ways the Airbrasive’s products can be used in the Archeological & Preservation sectors include:
• Removing matrix from fossils
• Cleaning & restoring basketry & beadwork
• Removing patina/bronze disease from art
• Removing glue and paint from fibers/canvases
• Cleaning embroidery & various textiles
• Sculpting jade and semi-precious stones
• Selective matte finishing on jewelry
• Removing dirt from leather
Polishes or roughens a work surface to increase its adhesion properties. This technique is most commonly used to better prepare a surface for finishing or painting.
Precisely removes the thinnest layers of residue, film, or coating from a work surface. Varying the pressure and powder type allows for complete customization of quantity and speed of layers stripped.
Can make lines or holes as small as 0.005" through almost any material. Unlike with normal drilling, holes can be drilled at odd angles and inaccessible spaces, and are made without debris build-up or sparks.
Removes unwanted sharp edges, burrs, and fins from metal, plastic, and machined objects with extreme precision and without damage to the surface.
Allows marking of intricate patterns into glass, ceramics and metals. Artisans often choose to micro-blast in their processes, since etching is as easy as writing with a pencil.
Removes surface deposits by applying fine glass beads at a high pressure without damage. Many stainless steel medical devices require peening to remove surface shine and prevent glare during surgery.
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