Cutting tool inserts are used in a wide range of machining and metalworking applications to perform numerous cutting, shaping, and finishing operations. Inserts are used in a broad range of industries, including aerospace and defense, medical device and automotive manufacturing, composite material machining and you can even find cutting tool inserts on Mars! Inserts finished in a Vapormatt Tiger wet blasting machine are fitted to the drill on the Mars Rover.
The quality of cutting tool inserts is of paramount importance in the field of machining and metalworking. For the many reasons listed below, the performance, efficiency, and safety of machining operations heavily depend on the quality of the inserts being used.
If you are already familiar with the need for high-quality inserts then jump to the benefits of wet blasting inserts.
Investing in high-quality cutting tool inserts pays off in terms of improved performance, longer tool life, enhanced safety, and increased productivity.
Given all the advantages of high-quality inserts, manufacturers typically prioritise sourcing them from reputable suppliers and adhere to proper maintenance and usage practices to maximise the benefits.
Finishing cutting tool inserts by wet blasting, also known as wet abrasive blasting or vapor blasting, offers several benefits that can contribute to improved tool performance, longevity, and overall machining quality. Wet blasting involves using a mixture of abrasive media and water under pressure to remove surface contaminants, refine surface finishes, and enhance the properties of cutting tool inserts. Learn how the wet blasting process works by visiting our 'What is wet blasting?' page. Here are the main advantages:
The world’s leading cutting tool insert manufacturers choose our wet blasting machines for their insert finishing. Our automatic Tiger and Tiger + wet blasting machines have firmly established themselves as the global gold standard for large scale insert manufacturers.
Our Tiger + machine has an additional blast chamber that allows two different finishing processes on a single run through the machine, or increased productivity if both chambers are set to perform the same function.
Watch videos of our standard Tiger, a Tiger that’s modified to be highly automated for insert pre-coating preparation, and our next-generation Tiger designed for inserts with complex three-dimensional geometries.
We don’t just cater for the largest inserts manufacturers though; we have an extensive range of automatic machines designed to process inserts. The breadth of the range allows us to supply a finishing solution to suit all manufacturers form the smallest to the world’s largest.
Suitable for replaceable inserts of varying geometries, our high precision cutting tool inserts wet blasting machines are extremely controllable, reliably delivering a consistent finish every time.