Just as holemaking is common in metalworking, so is deburring the tops and bottoms of produced holes. Chamfering tools are effective, as are the familiar Rotoburr-style scraper blades. These tools also deburr machined edges fairly well and, given the right extension or blade geometry, can access hard-to-reach areas deep inside parts. Add a few Scotch-Brite pads, a drill press and a bench grinder to the mix, and there’s little that any skilled machine operator can’t deburr.
However, these traditional deburring methods are slow. Features that can’t be reached while in a machine — which is often much of a part — must be manually scraped, buffed and chamfered. If an operator isn’t paying attention, a machine tool might sit idly while he or she is busy deburring parts. And a bit too much pressure with a grinding wheel or blade could mean the inadvertent scrapping of a completed, possibly very expensive machined component.
Worker health and safety are also a consideration. As machinists would attest, cuts, scrapes and repetitive stress injuries are common during manual deburring, never mind the potential inhalation of abrasive grit. Surely safer, more productive methods are available?
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