Shot Blasting: What it is and Benefits

Published on October 19

What is Shot Blasting?

Many have heard the term shot blasting, but what exactly is shot blasting and what are the benefits of shot blasting? Simply put, shot blasting is commonly used in the metal industry and provides a way to polish, clean or strengthen (peen) metal. Shot blasting occurs through the process in which a turbine creates acceleration in order to propel the shot towards the desired surface.

Shot blasting is the process in which metal is abrasively shot at another metal surface. This is not to be confused with sandblasting, which is a similar method. However, sand is used rather than shot. Blasting is used in a wide variety of industries including, steel, forging and the aerospace industry. This is because it is often regarded as one of the most effective tools, while maintain cost effective results.

Benefits of Shot Blasting:

  • Shot blasting is a way of ridding the surface of non-eco-friendly chemicals while leaving a smooth, polished and matte surface that is environmentally safe.
  • The use of shot blasting also provides the ability for metal workers to ensure the steel surface is free of any faults or defects.
  • The longevity and durability of a surface coat on shot blasted piece of steel is longer than that on a non-shot blasted piece of steel.
  • Effectively remove rust among metal surfaces
  • Speed up the surface preparation by 75% ensuring you have your product quicker for the next step.

The listed reasons are why many in certain industries continue to use shot blasting as a surface preparation technique. Shot blasting is an effective way of preparing a metal surface through the process in which the metal remains free from chemicals in a time efficient manner. All this allows you to receive your product quicker! 

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