Bead Blasting

FINISHES
Bead-Blasted Metal

What is bead blasting?

Bead blasting is a surface preparation process used to clean, polish, or remove surface contaminants from various materials, such as metal, plastic, ceramic, and glass. During the process, small mirrors, ceramic, or metal beads are propelled at high velocities using compressed air or a centrifugal wheel to strike the surface of the material being worked on. The result is a textured surface finish or peened surface that can improve the material’s appearance, strength, and durability. It is commonly used in automotive, aerospace, construction, and manufacturing industries to prepare parts for painting, coating, or further processing. It can also remove rust or corrosion from metal surfaces and add a matte or satin finish to polished metals.

Parts made with Additive Manufacturing, CNC Machining, Sheet Metal Fabrication, Urethane Casting, and Injection Molding
Blasting Medium
Glass Beads, Ceramic Beads, Metal Beads, Sand, Shot
Outcome
Aesthetics, Cleaning, Deburring, Paint & Coating Preparation
Manufacturing Finishing - Bead Blasting
Manufacturing Finishing - Bead Blasting

Our bead blasting process:

Additive

Bead blasting is a process that is commonly used in additive manufacturing to finish and clean 3D printed parts. The process involves propelling fine beads or particles at high velocity onto the surface of a 3D printed part to remove any rough or uneven surfaces and any excess material that may have been left over from the 3D printing process. Bead blasting is usually done using a specialized bead blasting machine, which uses compressed air to propel the beads at high speeds.

Bead blasting is a gentle process that does not damage the 3D printed part in any way, and is commonly used in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, and medical device manufacturing. It is an effective way to clean and finish 3D printed parts and is often used as a final step in the post-processing of 3D printed parts to ensure that they are smooth, free of debris and have a uniform finish.

CNC and Sheet Metal

Bead blasting is a surface treatment process that uses tiny spherical beads to remove deposits and smooth surfaces and create a uniform finish on metal objects. The process involves firing glass, ceramic, or metal beads at a high velocity onto the surface of an object to remove impurities or to change its texture.

  1. Place the metal object in a specialized chamber that is sealed to prevent the escape of blasting material.
  2. A high-pressure air hose injects the beads into the chamber, hitting the object’s surface, removing impurities, or creating a desired texture. The beads in the chamber are collected and reused.
  3. Once the desired surface finish or texture has been achieved, the object is removed from the chamber, and the beads are vacuumed away. The final product is a clean, smooth, and uniform surface ideal for painting, electroplating, or other types of surface finishing.

Why choose bead blasting for your next project?

Bead blasting is an excellent choice due to its versatility and effectiveness in cleaning and finishing surfaces. This process involves using tiny glass beads or abrasive particles blasted onto a surface, removing contaminants like rust, debris, or old paint. The process also creates a uniform finish free of scratches or roughness, making it ideal for preparing surfaces for painting or coating applications. Bead blasting can be used on various surfaces, including metals, plastics, composites, and delicate materials without causing damage. This makes it a cost-effective and efficient option for manufacturing projects requiring thorough cleaning and surface preparation.