Craftsmen need quick and nontoxic means to remove old paint and varnish from vintage furniture. Medical manufacturers want to produce non-reflective surgical instruments. From wood shops to universities, dental labs to the garage, multipurpose micro-abrasive blasting delivers fast and effective alternatives to conventional methods of deburring, etching, surface preparation and more.
Micro-abrasive blasting surprises with its many applications in numerous fields. For example, it provides an efficient method for auto restorers to remove paint and grease or even for scrubbing graffiti off railroad cars. But when you use a much smaller precision nozzle, you suddenly have the precision and control required for delicate tasks involving complex parts.
While hand-held blasters are the perfect tool for a variety of manufacturing applications, fully automated blasting systems work better in large-scale industrial applications. For example, automated blasting systems perform high-precision, intricate tasks repeatedly without variation for consistent results.
Healthcare and Medical Devices
Micro-abrasive blasting has contributed to improved healthcare in several areas. For example, the pacemaker and knee replacements that improve the quality of life for many are themselves improved by air abrasion. Technicians use abrasion to texture and deburr implants and improve performance and lengthen the lifespan of these devices. In addition, multipurpose micro-abrasive blasting is used to clean pacemakers.
And you may be surprised on your next visit to the dentist. Indeed, blasting has made the typical dental visit much less stressful than you may remember if it’s been a few years. Because air abrasion powers today’s minimally invasive dentistry, from drilling cavities to removing plaque.
Electronics and Engineering
In the electronics shop, abrasive blasting removes conformal coatings on wiring assemblies prior to repair. This method offers greater precision and provides an environmentally safe option to caustic solvents typically employed to remove coatings.
In product development, 3D printing enables engineers to construct prototypes much earlier in the design process than traditional methods. Air abrasion contributes a quick and easy method for smoothing out imperfections in the printed components and preparing surfaces for coating.
Auto and Furniture Restoration
With the many types of abrasive media available, operators can use abrasive blasting safely on various materials and surfaces. For example, a mild abrasive like soda safely removes paint from vintage wood furniture. Soda also works well for removing grease and rust from delicate engine parts on vintage automobiles.
Arts and Crafts
For art restoration, abrasive blasting often works well when other methods fail. Used properly, it even removes stains and build-up such as glue from canvas and other textiles. Air abrasion also does a nice job of removing the bronze disease corrosion that spoils bronze artifacts.
Abrasive blasting also offers the precision and flexibility needed for artists to work with delicate ceramics, glass, and other surfaces. Air abrasion becomes a valuable technique in the artist’s toolbox, whether used to engrave a fragile glass ornament or create a decorative finish on a copper vase.
Multipurpose Micro-Abrasive Blasting Choices
From machining steel or aluminum engine components to cleaning art treasures, multipurpose micro-abrasive blasting offers a lot of choices. Consider these options:
- Abrasive media type – Each kind of abrasive media has characteristics that make it better suited for certain applications. For instance, aluminum oxide and silicon carbide provide excellent cutting and etching. Soda works well for delicate cleaning jobs while crushed glass cuts through rust.
- Nozzle shape and size – The shape of the blasting nozzle determines the blast pattern. For instance, round nozzles deliver precision for cutting or drilling, while rectangular nozzles send a sweep of abrasive. Likewise, a smaller orifice delivers more pressure and thus strikes more deeply. Angled nozzles allow operators to reach around tight corners.
- Operator technique – An experienced blasting operator can safely change the blasting effect by adjusting the velocity, distance from the surface and angle of impact.
Airbrasive offers both the expertise and the tools to facilitate any micro-abrasive blasting project. Let us help you choose the optimal abrasive blaster, media, and nozzles for your job. We’ll even design a solution to meet your needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.