Post-Pandemic Micro-Abrasive Blasting Keeps Pace with Advances in Manufacturing

After two years of work-from-home, supply-chain disruptions, and other effects of the pandemic, Americans have adapted well to the new reality. Many are back at the workplace, and many enjoy new flexibility in their locations and schedules. Always moving forward, post-pandemic micro-abrasive blasting plays an increasingly important role.

With its uneven impact on different sectors of the economy, some industries suffered greatly through the pandemic while others boomed. The negative effects on air travel and hospitality have lasted a long time. On the other hand, automation and direct-to-consumer industries enjoyed an extended growth period.

High Demand for 3D Printed Parts

Many industries struggled with disrupted supply chains. To meet the demand for critical components in short supply, manufacturers turned to 3D printed parts. Even before the pandemic, the outlook for 3D printing looked very positive.

According to Grand View Research, the global 3D printing market size reached $13.84 billion in 2021 and will expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.8% through 2030. Globally, 2.2 million 3D printers shipped in 2021 and they expect shipments to reach 21.5 million units by 2030.

In response to the pandemic, HP, a leader in commercial 3D printing solutions, worked to facilitate 3D printing in support of COVID-19 containment efforts. For example, the company helped operators of its 3D printing machines produce critical parts to meet urgent needs. Its website supplied application information and digital designs for face shields, masks, and ventilator components.

Post-Pandemic Micro-Abrasive Blasting

Micro Abrasive Jet Machining Aids the 3D Printing Industry

As we previously noted, many 3D printer operators run into trouble as they try to extract parts or ‘de-flash’ support material to retain just the intended component. That material can be removed roughly by hand, using chemicals (which takes up to a week), or by micro-abrasive jet machining.

Working quickly, micro-abrasive jet machining provides an ideal solution. It delivers an environmentally friendly hands-free support removal system. Its precision nozzles reach into hard-to-access places and abrasive media won’t damage the 3D printed part. Thus, jet machining enables the production of 3D printed components quickly and precisely.

In addition, the system can also be calibrated to etch 3D printed parts with added value such as unique part numbers or serial numbers. These capabilities greatly enhance the mass-production capabilities of 3D printing.

Post-Pandemic Micro-Abrasive Blasting Solutions

Always striving to develop new solutions for manufacturing, Airbrasive® invented micro-abrasive jet machining. Our engineers also pioneered applications in the medical, electronics, automotive and aerospace industries. Just getting started in the 3D printing field, our advances and applications are sure to continue.

Those advances make a significant difference to manufacturers—especially those ramping up 3D printing operations—as they respond quickly and thrive in the post-pandemic world. Airbrasive® invented the micro-abrasive blasting industry and will develop a blasting solution to address your unique challenges.

As has always been the case throughout our long history, when you call, we move quickly to apply our 67 years of knowledge, experience, and resources to solve your problems or needs as a long-term partner in success. Please contact us for more information how these exciting solutions—proudly made in the USA—can fit your 3D printing needs.