The term “ surface blasting” can carry thought in 2 quite different directions. For centuries, blasting of the earth’s surface has been done with explosives for both mining and transportation.
While we are all likely envious of those who get to play with dynamite and blow things up, our surface blasting industry, while less spectacular, is more controlled. The directed impact of various medias upon various materials at various speeds and concentrations are performed simply to change the material surface in some manner. This can be purposed for cleaning, roughening, hardening, polishing, de-burring, etc.
Far from the generic term of “sandblasting” with a single handheld tool, blasting now covers processes from one where gravity only drops steel shot onto manufactured parts in controlled height and volume, to massive enclosed cabinets where dozens of robotic nozzles shoot a sequence of materials at a part automatically. Further, elaborate reclamation systems recycle blast medias, after separating them from waste, for use over and over again.
To learn more of the various medias, delivery types, and surface results, click on any of the titles to the left.