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Case Studies

A selection of micro-lessons from our blog that show how MicroBlasting is used across industries. See how it deburrs, textures, strips, cleans, etches and mills small, intricate and high-value parts. 

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Decapping ICs

Decapping ICs

Delicate silicon dies are encapsulated in epoxy to protect them. This becomes a problem when extracting the silicon die for failure analysis or reverse engineering. When using MicroBlasting, decapping an integrated circuit is safer, easier and more environmentally...

Finishing 3D Printed Parts with MicroBlasting

Finishing 3D Printed Parts with MicroBlasting

Yes, we know that because it's new and buzzy, every company worldwide wants to promise you that their product is a perfect tool for finishing 3D printed parts (or other processes related to additive manufacturing). We'll be honest with you - MicroBlasting isn't the...

Semiconductor Processing and Ceramic Machining Using MicroBlasting

Semiconductor Processing and Ceramic Machining Using MicroBlasting

Why use MicroBlasting for Semiconductor Processing? MicroBlasting is the ideal method for cutting slots, holes, and apertures in thin, fragile substrates. It is a shockless system that does not generate heat into the wafer, preventing crack formation and propagation....

Turbine Blade Regeneration Using MicroBlasting

Turbine Blade Regeneration Using MicroBlasting

Goal: Clean Turbine Blades for Refurbishment Whether you're refurbishing landbased gas or jet-engine turbines,  MircoBlasting is the ideal method of cleaning turbine blades. When turbines are split in two for maintenance, hot path components and combustion components...

Second Applications For Your MicroBlaster

Second Applications For Your MicroBlaster

Many of our customers buy a MicroBlaster for a single application and find it to be indispensable. However, a common fear for job-shops and contract manufacturers is that the contract they bought a new piece of equipment for will only be used for one job. Investing in...

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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