Deburring: Choosing the Right Tumbling Media
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Deburring isn’t rocket science. However, getting the job done right takes skill and experience.
And it starts with knowing exactly which tumbling media is best for the task at hand.
This article will focus on choosing the right tumbling media and its impact on deburring results, based on the following crucial factors:
The right media, combined with the right machinery, makes all the difference. However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for deburring. Contact us to learn more about choosing the right tumbling media and deburring machinery for your specific needs.
Choosing the Best Tumbling Media for Metal Deburring
Media is an abrasive material that helps to remove burrs and break sharp edges from metal parts. It is often, but not always, used in the process of deburring metal. In addition to removing unwanted machining edges, tumbling media can also be used to affect the finish, form radii, polish, clean or degrease metal parts.
Media shape, media size, abrasiveness and composition all play a role in deciding on the best tumbling media to use in deburring.
1. Media shape
Is the part getting deburred, cleaned or a certain finish? How big are the dimensions and features of the part? These questions will assist in determining the shape of the tumbling media.
2. Media size
Generally, larger parts require larger media. Larger media provide a rapid cut and a courser surface to larger parts, but can damage smaller, more fragile parts.
However, it’s also important to select a media size that will not get lodged in the part. This mistake could waste valuable time and risk damaging the parts in question.
3. Abrasiveness and Composition
A wide range of materials are used in deburring, including rice and glass beads. However, the main type of media materials used are made of ceramic, plastic, steel, or organic compounds.
Learn More About Choosing the Right Media to Deburr Metal Parts
All of our metal finishing processes at Latem Industries are proprietary and part specific, and each is managed by our Engineers and Lead Hands. This includes the selection of tumbling media (when needed) and compounds.
We are proud to be an authorized distributor of Washington Mills Media, a US-based manufacturer and worldwide leader in pre-formed ceramic media. We keep a selection of used and new media for sale. We can also place orders for larger quantities and more specific media.
Have a question about metal deburring? We’re here to help. Reach out to our finishing experts now and you’ll get answers within 24 hours.
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