Mass Finishing Processes Explained

Mass Finishing Processes Explained

Mass finishing is a term used to describe a group of abrasive industrial processes by which large lots of parts or components made from metal or other materials can be economically processed in bulk. This processing is performed to achieve one or several of a variety of edge and surface effects. These include deburring, descaling, surface smoothing, edge-break, radius formation, removal of surface contaminants from heat treat and other processes, pre=plate, prepaint or coating surface preparation, blending in surface irregularities from machining or fabricating operations, producing reflective surfaces with nonabrasive burnishing media, refining surfaces, and developing super-finish or micro-finish equivalent surface profiles.

All mass finishing processes utilize a loose or free abrasive material referred to as media within a container or chamber of some sort. Energy is imparted to the abrasive media mass by a variety of means to impart motion to it and to cause it to rub or wear away at part surfaces. Continue reading Mass Finishing Processes Explained

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Next Generation Finishing Technology for Gears and Other Cooperating Parts

Next Generation Finishing Technology for Gears and Other Cooperating Parts

Vibratory finishing, centrifugal barrel finishing, and turbo-abrasive machining are the three top techniques for finishing gears, improving performance and extending service life. Continue reading Next Generation Finishing Technology for Gears and Other Cooperating Parts

Isotropic Mass Finishing Processes for Surface Integrity and Part Performance Improvement

Isotropic Mass Finishing Processes for Surface Integrity and Part Performance Improvement

[ABOVE:  Isotropic Micro-Finished Part photography by Mark Riley, BV Products] Dave Davidson is with SME Manufacturing and an advisor to … Continue reading Isotropic Mass Finishing Processes for Surface Integrity and Part Performance Improvement

SME Webinar Slide Deck – Isotropic Finishing for Surface Integrity and Part Performance

SME Webinar Slide Deck – Isotropic Finishing for Surface Integrity and Part Performance

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How can you produce high-quality edge and surface finishes on large lots of manufactured or machined parts uniformly and economically?

How can you produce high-quality edge and surface finishes on large lots of manufactured or machined parts uniformly and economically?

Photo above:  Isotropic Micro-Finishing of Automotive components. (Photo: Mark Riley, BV Products) Mass Finishing Processes and Mechanical Surface Preparation For … Continue reading How can you produce high-quality edge and surface finishes on large lots of manufactured or machined parts uniformly and economically?

Centrifugal Isotropic Finishing for Firearm Manufacturers

Centrifugal Isotropic Finishing for Firearm Manufacturers

Since the discovery of gunpowder, people have been designing and building all makes and models of firearms. What started out as a simple means of igniting the powder to propel the projectile through the barrel has evolved into a set of high precision set of manufactured firearm components. The improved fit and finish has allowed for the increased reliability and performance of today’s precision firearm components and overall finished product. Continue reading Centrifugal Isotropic Finishing for Firearm Manufacturers