A new era for additive manufacturing innovation
– the wet-blasting approach

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A new era for additive manufacturing innovation
– the wet-blasting approach

Additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is a process built for the future. It’s already transforming industries across the globe: from consumer products to aerospace, automotive to medical. Now, with the introduction of wet-blasting, the additive manufacturing industry is breaking into new dimensions.

Wet-blasting offers a number of important benefits for any manufacturer using DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) or SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) additive production processes. By applying the technology at the relevant point during the manufacturing process, you can ensure the components you produce are finished to a first-class standard of quality, in a dust-free environment.

To help you create components of the highest quality, our wet-blasting machines offer an array of finishes for metallic and non-metallic products. You can customise your wet-blasting media to perfectly create your desired finish –from smooth to matte with complete confidence and uniformity. This process is significantly more repeatability and reliable than dry-blasting, which can result in a non-uniform surface.

If you’re preparing your manufactured components for painting or coating, you can create the optimum reactive 'wet-out' surface to ensure the best possible adhesion, in turn, extending their lifespan. Your components will perform even better while you discover new application opportunities.

That same media customisation gives you unrivalled cleaning power too. Removing powder from hard-to-reach internal channels in your complex products with confidence – unlike with dry - or bead blasting, where an element of doubt can remain as to whether channels are properly clean of powder. Wet blasting increases your flexibility, giving you the ability to clean complex mechanisms.

At Vapormatt, our wet-blasting units are self-contained, closed-loop systems. Unlike dry blasting, wet blasting creates no dust residue and prevents media particles from being embedded in the component.

The applications suited to additive manufacturing are expanding all the time. This broad range of applications means one of the automatic or manual wet-blasting systems in our range is going to be perfectly suited to the particular application in question.

The benefits of wet blasting in additive manufacturing  
Customised surface finish
Wet-blasting can be tailored to produce the perfect uniform finish for your product reliably and repeatedly.
Produce every product with a finish that's superior to die-casting, while retaining all the benefits that additive manufacturing offers.
Efficient and reliable removal of excess sinter powder
Wet-blasting reliably and completely removes the excess sinter powder left after the production process.

Clean, dust-free, wet blasting means you can actually see that the channels in your component are free from powder.
Confidence that the intricate channels that are often a feature of additive manufactured components are completely free of sinter powder and will perform as designed.

High quality perception of your products due to reliable performance.
Uniform reactive surface for the application of surface coatings
Wet-blasting produces a highly reactive, 'wet-out' surface for the best possible application of paints, anti-oxidation coating, and brand logos.
Allows for a high-quality print on a high-quality surface which reinforces the perception of a premium product.

The product can retain its high quality in storage for longer.

Why work with us?

Vapormatt isn’t just the world leader in wet-blasting. We invented the process and remain solely focused on it to this day.

Since Norman Ives Ashworth developed the first wet-blasting machines in the 1940s, we’ve been developing, improving and refining wet blasting for edge radiusing, surface preparation and peening. And we’re still led by the Ashworth family today, continuing to design and manufacture bespoke machinery and after-market services built to the specific requirements of your additive manufacturing business.

Our expertise spans many different sectors: from tooling carbide insert manufacturing, to stainless steel weld cleaning. Our breadth of knowledge means we can explore a wider range of applications that benefit a business like yours.

Because at Vapormatt, while we might be pioneers of wet-blasting technology, we never believe the job is done. We’re constantly researching, developing our techniques and discovering new technological enhancements that we can apply to additive manufacturing. Consequently, we hold and have patent applications pending in significant areas of process control and repeatability.

When working with you, we’ll build a long-term technical partnership, giving you access to our know-how and world-leading wet-blasting services. As a result, we understand you may need us to develop methods and processes in confidence. You’ll benefit from our discretion too – in fact, we have a long track record of doing just that with our key customers across a number of high-tech sectors.

What you can expect of us?

  • Integrity - We always conduct business with you in a confidential, honest, open and ethical manner
  • Commitment - Every member of our team aims to exceed your expectations at every level
  • Innovation - We're at the forefront of wet-blasting technology, implementing our technical expertise
  • Value - You gain value from us through our high levels of service and technical excellence
  • Collaboration - As a customer focused company, we work collaboratively to ensure you enjoy the best possible experience

The Vapormatt Promise

In designing and manufacturing specialist machines that meet your exact requirements, we’re always improving. Always refining. Always pushing the boundaries. We build on the successes of the past, incorporating proven designs and approaches, and combine them with innovative thinking to meet the specific challenges we face together with you.

Throughout that collaborative process, we’re also completely honest and discreet. And it’s in this respect that we make a promise to you. 

As we develop more efficient, more seamless and more effective ways to deliver the benefits of wet-blasting to you, any off-the-shelf solution is unlikely to be suitable. So complete validation of every design detail is practically impossible, and some functions – software, for example – will inevitably need modification as they’re integrated into your processes.

Equally, once the equipment is installed on your premises, things are unlikely to be up and running without a glitch from the first moment, in a plug-and-play manner. Performance will always improve as operators and maintenance teams become familiar with the machines and their operation.

Other manufacturers might shy away from such an honest admission. However, we accept that this is simply part of building and refining the right wet-blasting machines for you. That’s why we promise to make the entire Vapormatt team, including our engineers, designers and sales specialists, available to offer advice, guidance and practical assistance once the equipment is installed and integrated in your workplace.

And we won’t be satisfied until it’s working to its full potential and this promise is kept.

The four pillars of our promise:

  • To continuously improve the design and manufacture of our equipment
  • To provide you with machines of the highest possible quality
  • To support you in achieving optimal performance from your machines
  • To collaborate with honesty and discretion
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