In precision machining, surface preparation for bonding is a key application for Airbrasive®. Any contaminants, corrosion, or oxidation must be removed before the bonding process. In micro-abrasive blasting, the surface is roughened, making it easier to bond to.
This process, done by hand, is not only time consuming, but it is also tiresome. On the other hand, a quick blast with a micro abrasive machine takes the rough edges and burrs right out.
Burrs also develop when parts need to be threaded. One quick blast by our micro abrasive machine will remove the burrs without degrading the surface. Metal surfaces must be prepared prior to bonding or plating. The inside of this piece must be cleaned of any contaminants that would prevent adhesion.
Uses for Abrasives
Airbrasive is effective with the following types of materials:
- Sheet Metal
- Tantalum Sheet
- Lead Nickel
- Plate Zinc
Uses for Micro Abrasive Jet Machining
The following are typical processes where Micro Abrasive Jet Machining has proven effective:
Abrading: Surfaces are often abraded in order to create unique finishes for later processes. Airbrasive® micro blasting machines will allow you to polish a surface smooth or make it rough like sandpaper.
Cleaning and De-Marking: By varying the type of powder used along with pressure and flow rates, precision cleaning of the most delicate items becomes an effortless task. You can accurately remove the smallest layers of material and get into otherwise impossible to reach places.
Deburring: Airbrasive® micro blasting machines allow you to remove unwanted sharp edges, burrs, and fins from metal, plastic, and machined objects with precision.
Deflashing: Removing of flash or rind left on plastic moldings and crevices between mating molds. Micro Airbrasive® Jet Machining will remove undesirable flash and aid you in finishing your product.
Drilling: Airbrasive® micro blasting machines can drill holes at odd angles and in hard to reach spaces where a normal drill could never go.
Etching: Etching or marking intricate patterns into materials such as glass, ceramics and metals is as easy as writing with a pencil when using an Airbrasive® Jet Machine. Many artisans use our equipment
when working with glass and metal.
Texturing, Finishing, and Restoring: Airbrasive® micro blasting machines will aid you in finishing your work surface or restoring your material to its original state.
Conformal Coating Removal: Selectively remove protective coatings on circuit boards and electronic assemblies quickly and easily using Airbrasive® micro blasting technology.
Micro Abrasive Blasting Dust Colletor Units
An airbrasive Dust Collector is recommended for use within clean-room micro-blasting environments. A self-contained fabric filter ensures a highly efficient, sealed system capable of removing powder, cuttings, and debris from work chambers.
Airbrasive Model H – Micro Abrasive Jet Machine
The AIRBRASIVE® Model H gives high volume producers the ability to micro blast parts on production lines or in labs. This sturdy machine has been designed to accommodate both intermittent (foot switch activated) or continuous operations. Powder-flow lines are reinforced with tungsten carbide fittings for the utmost reliability in a continuous operation.
Airbrasive Model K – Micro Abrasive Jet Machine
The AIRBRASIVE® Model K gives high volume producers the ability to Micro-Blast parts on production lines or in labs. This sturdy machine has been designed to accommodate both intermittent or continuous operations.
These chambers are designed for hand held work. Using a tempered safety glass top, fluorescent internal illumination, screened bottom, and conveniently sized port holes allow for easy access.
Model 6500 Micro Abrasive Jet Machine
The Model 6500 is an innovative, pneumatic micro blasting machine. This unit was designed with portability in mind and for ease in field use. For powder flow control in the 6500, the vibration required to feed powder is generated by a novel “rotating ball” design with compressed air as its source of energy.