3 Nozzle Tips!

3 Nozzle Tips!

When is a nozzle too worn out to use? Are rectangular nozzles like abrasive fans? What makes Hi/Performance more efficient? Find out the answers to nozzle FAQs in this month’s post! Continue reading

The Missing Measurements of Deburring

The Missing Measurements of Deburring

Are old burrs suddenly reappearing? Are burrs popping up in a new location on your part? Is a once-reliable deburring method starting to fail? Chances are, you’re missing a measurement. Manufacturing expert, LaRoux Gillespie, shares the deburring measurements often missed that lead to recurring problems and new burr formations. 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

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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