Tumbling Manufactured Parts

FINISHES

What is tumbling?

Tumbling manufactured parts is a process in which tiny to medium-sized components are placed inside a container along with an abrasive medium to remove burrs, sharp edges, and other imperfections. The container is then rotated to allow the parts to contact the abrasive media. The constant abrasion and collision of the components with each other and the medium generates friction, which wears away the imperfections, resulting in smoother and more polished parts.

This process is used in various industries, such as metalworking, jewelry, and plastic manufacturing. It is cost-effective, efficient, and can be used for a wide range of part geometries, making it a popular choice for finishing or deburring small to medium-sized parts. It can also be performed manually, and different types of abrasive media can be used based on the desired finish level and the parts’ material.

Technology Additive Manufacturing, CNC Machining, Sheet Metal Fabrication
Outcomes
Get rid of powder on powder-bed additive parts and remove imperfections on plastics and metals
Manufacturing Finishes_Tumbling

Our tumbling process:

Our process for tumbling manufactured parts involves using a tumbler machine and specific media.

  1. The manufactured parts are loaded into the tumbler, and the cleaning media, such as polishing pellets or abrasives, are used.
  2. The tumbler is then turned on and rotates the components and media together, allowing the press to remove any debris or buildup on the parts. The process can take a few minutes to several hours, depending on the severity of the powder buildup.
  3. Once complete, the parts are removed and inspected for any remaining debris or damage. The components may be reloaded into the tumbler for an additional cycle. if necessary

Our process is a safe and efficient way to thoroughly clean manufactured parts without damaging their surface or structure. This process can be used for various materials and is commonly used in the automotive, medical, and aerospace industries.

Why choose tumbling for your next project?

Tumbling manufactured parts is a standard finishing process used in manufacturing to improve the surface finish and remove burrs from metal and plastic. The parts are agitated by placing them in a tumbling machine with abrasive media, and the abrasive media smoothens the edges and surfaces. The process can enhance the appearance of components and improve their functionality. It can also reduce friction between parts and extend their lifespan. Additionally, the methods can be customized to suit specific components and the desired finish. The process is a cost-effective solution for industrial manufacturing projects widely used in various automotive, aerospace, and defense industries. Its versatility and effectiveness make it an excellent choice for improving manufactured parts’ quality and overall performance.