What is Aluminium Shot Blasting: What do you need to know for a quality finish?
A delicate and painstaking task, shot blasting aluminium requires care and caution in order to get the best possible result. However, it can be difficult to select a process or application approach that works for you.
So, what exactly is aluminium shot blasting and what are some of the questions we’re most commonly asked about it?
What is aluminium shot blasting?
Shot blasting involves the propulsion of your chosen grade of ‘shot’ against your chosen work piece to fulfil a specific task. This can involve prepping an item for a protective coating, abrading wear-and-tear, and much more.
What are the advantages in shot blasting aluminium?
Shot blasting is used to prepare the surface before the work piece is subjected to other operations such as electroplating, galvanising, glass-coating, and welding. It can be used to improve the metal’s fatigue life, cosmetic finish, to increase adhesion, to descale the product surface and improve mechanical function.
Why is shot blasting a popular technique for aluminium die-casting and what advantages does it have?
Shot blasting is used in a variety of industries, including aerospace, forging, ship building and steel industries. It’s popularity is based on the range of benefits it brings. It can reduce and eliminate the use of harsh chemicals and non-eco-friendly materials. It provides higher production rates, wider abrasive selection, and better blast pattern accuracy. The finished surface will be free of chemical deposits, scales, and dust with minimal removal of virgin metal. It facilitates the formation of a permanent bond between the protective coat and the shot blasted surface, while helping to detect surface faults or defects. Shot blasting increases the longevity and durability of protective surface coats as it adheres better to the shot blasted surface.
What types of industries does this typically suit?
Shot blasting aluminium is extremely useful for industries where accuracy, efficiency, and a lack of contamination are essential. This makes it great for the automotive, industrial, and construction sectors alongside high-accuracy fields such as aeronautics and design sectors.
Why should you speak with Ervin?
If you are looking for guidance and support on shot blasting aluminium, our team at Ervin is here to help with a variety of potential applications. With comprehensive experience working with a range of clients, we have an aluminium shot blasting solution that fits your unique needs.
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