Artifact Restoration & Fossil Preparation with MicroBlasting

In the spirit of back-to-school season, let's dive into a fun academic subject: restoring artifacts and cleaning fossils! These are delicate and risky tasks, to say the least. MicroBlasting provides the pinpoint precision and gentle abrasion needed to remove the matrix surrounding a precious remnant of the past. Let's look at two examples: the restoration of the H.L. Hunley submarine and fossil preparation at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Continue reading
Artifact Restoration & Fossil Preparation with MicroBlasting

Artifact Restoration & Fossil Preparation with MicroBlasting

In the spirit of back-to-school season, let's dive into a fun academic subject: restoring artifacts and cleaning fossils! These are delicate and risky tasks, to say the least. MicroBlasting provides the pinpoint precision and gentle abrasion needed to remove the matrix surrounding a precious remnant of the past. Let's look at two examples: the restoration of the H.L. Hunley submarine and fossil preparation at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Continue reading
The Missing Measurements of Deburring

The Missing Measurements of Deburring

Are old burrs suddenly appearing again? Are new burrs appearing in a different location on your part? Need to choose a deburring method? Chances are, you're missing a measurement. This month, deburring expert and author, LaRoux Gillespie, takes us back to Deburring 101 with a quick lesson on how to handle burrs. Continue reading
Control Etch Rates on PZT for MEMS Fabrication

Control Etch Rates on PZT for MEMS Fabrication

Researchers at the University of Maryland determined that MicroBlasting made the process of etching PZT controllable, mass-producible, and efficient. Combining Comco technology and dry film photoresist masking, they were able to produce channels to a specified depth. This paper published in the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering compares other processes and provides a detailed outcome. Continue reading
Edge-Rounding on Nitinol Implants

Edge-Rounding on Nitinol Implants

Aluminum oxide has long been the go-to abrasive for cleaning stents, valves, and other Nitinol implants before electropolishing. But recently, selective edge-rounding entered the application, and aluminum oxide was not enough. This month, we look at how glass bead took a radius from 2 microns to 24 microns. Continue reading

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