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Is anyone using this process and how do you like it?
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Default Re: Vapor honing/blasting!

It's a slick tool but no I haven't used one.

Just a side note;
But, like any aqueous system like this and waterjetting, after a while the slurry starts to accumulate bacteria and stink like a septic tank so frequent changes of the water is needed. More often if the machine us dormant and the bacteria has stagnant time to grow. Or add bacteria inhibiting chemicals to it. A vendor of mine has a ~10 foot square water jet system and when it gets funky they call the septic tank pumping guy who drives the truck in the plant to the machine. When he pumps it it stinks so bad that people leave the shop. Of course this big machine may hold 500 gallons.
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That is interesting, You would think there would be something they could treat the water with to stop the bacteria in the first place. I do remember 17 years ago when I was going to tech school for tool and die, the instructor told us to use caution when running coolant because of bacteria that could make us very sick.
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Looks like bead blasting with water added to the mix, hmm, wonder how hard it is to convert an old cabinet?
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I didn't think about the bacteria, the shop size cabinet holds 20-30 ish gallons of water. I'm thinking the water cools the part and leaves a nice finish color, not a factor for me though. One youtube video shows a kawasaki triple case and it gets glass beaded before the vapor blasting.

7-8 hours for the Kawasaki case;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYuVmnEFogQ

http://www.arnoldsdesign.com/Vapor-Blasting.html#1.

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