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Why Is Passivating Stainless Steel Necessary?

The identification of chromium around the turn of the 19th century led to it becoming the key ingredient in an iron-based alloy used widely today. In the mid-1800s, it was found that chromium, when combined with iron, caused the metal to be both more formable and durable. This made it an ideal additive for steel… Read more »

Advantages of Custom Metal Finishing for Fabrication Projects

As the final step in the fabrication process, custom metal finishing prepares metal products or components for their designed purpose. This process provides many advantages, such as ensuring better resistance to corrosion or chemicals. Custom metal finishing also improves the specific properties of metal workpieces, making them more durable. Choosing the right finish for a… Read more »

How Do You Passivate with Citric Acid?

Citric passivation involves treating metal surfaces in an acid solution to make them better resist corrosion. As an iron-based alloy, stainless steel contains iron, nickel and chromium, with corrosion resistance due primarily to its chromium content. When exposed to oxygen in the air, chromium forms a thin layer of chromium oxide, which coats stainless steel… Read more »

A Guide to Superfinishing for Small Titanium Parts

The superfinishing process removes material on surfaces after modifications, using fine-grit abrasives to remove the residual layer left over from previous operations. Sometimes referred to as micro-finishing, the superfinishing process refines a component’s surfaces. These abrasive materials rotate while being spun around opposite the titanium part they’re finishing. This results in the removal of the… Read more »

A Guide to Buffing Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is used across various industries due to its well-known durable, resistant, and aesthetically pleasing properties. While it’s a very long-lasting metal, stainless steel isn’t completely impenetrable and requires some maintenance to ensure the best quality over the long term. Buffing stainless steel is a common finishing process that can give a part its… Read more »

Choosing Between Sand Blasting and Glass Bead Blasting Services

When it comes to finished metal surfaces, manufacturers need parts that not only look a certain way but also perform to necessary specifications – this could include stripping paint, removing corrosion, providing a non-reflective (matte) finish, increasing adhesion, or smoothing out burrs. There are two common, effective finishing types that many businesses look to for… Read more »

How Metal Passivation Plays a Role in the Medical Industry

In an industry where cleanliness and sterilization are non-negotiable, it’s essential to have medical implants, tools, and instruments that are as smooth, clean, and rust-resistant as possible. Medical device passivation helps to ensure that stainless steel tools are not only free of impurities but that they will stand the test of time while maintaining a… Read more »

Deburring for Metal Fabrication Projects

Machined metal parts will often end up with excess material, called “burrs.” These burrs can be created by grinding, molding, laser cutting, punching, sawing, routing, drilling or shearing – really any type of machining. While high-quality equipment can help reduce the amount of burrs you end up with, no matter how sharp or precise your… Read more »

Advantages of Abrasive Blasting Before Surface Coating

Abrasive blasting is a finishing method that strips contaminants, rust and other imperfections from the surface of parts. Blasting is a faster surface preparation solution, especially when compared to more laborious blasting techniques such as sanding or wire brushing, but that is only one of the numerous benefits of abrasive blasting before surface coating.

Importance of Metal Finishing for Medical Equipment Companies

Medical device finishing in the medical industry is critical to produce safe, sanitary applications that provide optimal performance. Reliability is critical in this industry, which can face challenges due to strict regulations and rigorous biocompatibility testing. For medical equipment companies, instruments and components ranging from orthodontics and dental to hospital and surgical need to be… Read more »