Technicians require safe and efficient ways to remove rust and old paint from metal parts. Likewise, medical manufacturers face the challenge of fine-turning surgical instruments. From machine shops to the laboratory, dentist offices to the artist’s studio, versatile micro-abrasive blasting offers efficient and powerful alternatives to traditional methods of cutting, drilling, cleaning and more.
Blasting provides a highly effective method for removing paint during auto restoration or even cleaning graffiti off building walls. But reduce the nozzle size to less than a millimeter, and you gain access to the precision and control necessary for extremely intricate tasks. Indeed, you might be surprised to discover some of the many applications for micro-abrasive blasting.
For artists, abrasive blasting offers the precision and flexibility to work with delicate glass, ceramics and other surfaces. Whether engraving a fragile glass ornament or creating a decorative finish on a copper vase, air abrasion holds a unique place in the artist’s toolbox.
For art restorers, abrasive blasting can sometimes succeed when other attempts fail. Used properly, it can even remove stains and build-up such as glue from canvas and other textiles. Air abrasion also proves useful in removing the corrosion of bronze disease that can destroy bronze artifacts.
Depending on the type of abrasive media used, technicians can use air abrasion safely on many different types of surfaces. For instance, a gentle abrasive like soda can safely remove paint from antique wood furniture. Soda also works well for removing grease and other contaminants from sensitive engine components on a vintage automobile.
Science and Engineering
3D printing allows engineers to produce prototypes much earlier in the design process than traditional methods. Air abrasion also provides an efficient method for smoothing out imperfections in the printed pieces and preparing the surface for coating.
In the electronics lab, abrasive blasting removes conformal coatings on wiring assemblies prior to repair. Not only does blasting offer greater precision, but it also presents an eco-friendly alternative to the caustic solvents often used to remove coatings.
Micro-abrasive blasting has revolutionized aspects of healthcare. For instance, did you realize that blasting has made your dental visit much more pleasant than the dentistry of your childhood? Hence, grom removing plaque to drilling cavities, air abrasion powers today’s minimally invasive dentistry.
The pacemaker and knee implant that have vastly improved your father’s quality of life likely also benefitted from air abrasion. Technicians use versatile micro-abrasive blasting to clean pacemakers. In addition, using abrasion to texture and deburr implants can improve performance and lengthen the lifespan of these devices.
While hand-held blasters provide the perfect solution for many applications, industrial applications often benefit from fully automated blasting systems. For example, automated blasting can re-produce intricate tasks with high precision repeatedly, exactly the same each time.
Versatile Micro-abrasive Blasting Options
From cleaning priceless works of art to machining metal engine components, micro-abrasive blasting offers a breadth of options. Indeed, several factors contribute to this versatility:
- Abrasive media type – Each type 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. Crushed glass cuts through rust, while soda works well for delicate cleaning jobs.
- 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 also allow operators to reach around tight corners.
- Operator technique – An experienced blasting operator can change the blasting effect by adjusting the velocity, distance from the surface and angle of impact.
Airbrasive offers both the tools and the expertise to get you started on your micro-abrasive blasting projects. Likewise, we can help you choose the best abrasive blaster, media and nozzles for your application. Furthermore, we can customize a solution to meet your needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.