Abrasive Blasting 101
It may seem like Wet Industrial Blast Cabinets are new to the abrasive blasting industry, but this isn’t the case. Many new applications have appeared in recent years, which has increased the need for wet blasting cabinets. Yet these very specialized machines have been very important to the media blasting industry since they were invented.
At first, the easiest way to capture abrasive inside a blasting cabinet was to place the abrasive into water inside the cabinet. This controlled the dust by keeping it captive via negative cabinet pressure and mist collection filter. And it also allowed the abrasive to be reused over and over again.
Next came frictional heat from using a dry blasting process. This new development produced 5 to 6 times the part output, and nearly made wet industrial blast cabinets obsolete. Many Abrasive Blasting Cabinet manufacturers did not offer wet blasters because the market share was too small. There was also a misconception that dry blasting was superior to wet.
It was eventually realized that wet blasting could do something dry could not do. But this was after many wet blasting cabinets were converted to dry blasters.
It turns out wet abrasive blasting is necessary for applications that require a cleaner part surface and critical plating. It also removes the possibility that the part will be damaged by frictional heat or abrasive imbeds into the part surface.
The rise of medical manufacturing helped to shine a light on the benefits of wet blasting. It was specifically the development of dental implants, which our Media Blast & Abrasives wet industrial blast cabinets helped bring to market, that revitalized the wet blasting industry. For example, bone likes to grow around a cutting abrasive pattern. Unfortunately dry blasting isn’t sterile because during impact, some abrasive is left behind on the part surface. As more and more medical and technological advancements were made, wet abrasive blasting became more and more popular.
Today we have Medical Implants, Semi-Conductors and many other applications that require the wet blasting process.
Our name is Media Blast® we have been manufacturing our line of equipment for almost half a century. When wet blasting almost become obsolete, we continued manufacturing high-quality wet industrial blast cabinets to meet the needs of a group of very important applications.
Please reach out or visit our Buying Guide to learn which of our wet blast cabinets is right for you.
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