Technical Articles

Mass Finishing Technical Articles

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A video showing 5 different ways to polish the same 3D part.

Steven R. Alviti

HIGH-SPEED CELLULAR DEBURRING AND POLISHING

Bel Air Finishing Supply’s Finish Master Stream Line (FMSL) centrifugal disc finisher produces at least five times the output of manual deburring operations.

Steven R. Alviti, Bel Air Finishing Supply Inc. Reprinted from Fabricating and  Metal working MAGAZINE 

How To Super Polish Aerospace Parts

Bel Air’s AutoHone reverse drag finisher rotates the media instead of the parts, which are then dipped into the flowing media in a rotating bin.

Steven R. Alviti

Bel Air Finishing’s How To Automate medical deburring & Polishing

Bel Air’s AutoHone reverse drag finisher rotates the media instead of the parts, which are then dipped into the flowing media in a rotating bin.

Steven R. Alviti

Bel Air’s AutoHone Uses Robot Arm to deburr, polish, Clean and Dry Parts

Bel Air’s AutoHone reverse drag finisher rotates the media instead of the parts, which are then dipped into the flowing media in a rotating bin.

Jedd Cole with Steven R. Alviti

Centrifugal Disk Finishing

Products Finishing describes the workings and benefits of Bel Air’s centrifugal disk finishing machines.

Jenny Rush with Steven R. Alviti

Media Frenzy

A guide to selecting and using the right media for your mass finishing needs.

Steven R. Alviti

Critical Mass

Article relating to the mass finishing of parts at the machining center.

Dr. Laroux K. Gillespie

J&J Metals Network

The agenda and welcome message for the J&J Metals Network COP Summit 2018, which took place on April 24, 2018.

J&J Metals Network

To The Finish – Choosing tumbling techniques

A guide to selecting and using the right media for your mass finishing needs.

Steven R. Alviti

Take ‘Em for a Spin

This article deals with the deburring of difficult and small machined parts in an efficient and cost effective manner.

Steven R. Alviti, Bel Air Finishing Supply Inc. Reprinted from Product Finishing Magazine, Feb 2007

Bel Air Mass Finishing WPI MQP

Understand the basic mechanisms we have determined the normal forces between a surface and a sample mass finishing media.

Nic Allen and Jeff Laun, Worcester Polytech Inst. Engineering Students

Former Jewelry Maker Finds New Life

Steve Alviti, owner of Bel Air, helped lead the company’s transformation from jewelry maker to a deburring-equipment manufacturer.

Chris Barrett, Providence Business News

Bel Air Finishing’s Touch

This article deals with what Bel Air can provide another company with.

AMT NEWS Inc. Reprinted from AMT News, April 2013 Edition

Spinning Away Waste

This article deals how Bel Air helped Aro-Sac solve their waste water problems.

Reprinted from Product Finishing Online, August 2001

The Effects of Burnishing on the Surface of Cast Gold and Silver Jewelry

This article tries to dispel many misunderstanding about surface finishing on gold and silver jewelry.

Steven R. Alviti, Reprinted from The Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology, May 2002

The Effects of Ball Burnishing on Silver Castings: Phase II

Part 2 of the above article, continues discussing the effects of Burnishing on Silver and Gold Jewelry

Steven R. Alviti, Reprinted from The Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology, May 2003

Greener Cleaning at Greenville Tube

By replacing an open-dip tank with a vacuum cleaning system, Greenville Tube continues to meet its customers’ quality requirements with an environmentally friendly process.

Gary Vasilash, Reprinted from the July/August 2009 PROCESS CLEANING Magazine

Advantages of Airless Vacuum Vapor Degrease

The many advantages of airless vacuum vapor degreasers such as reduced waste disposal and a more environmentally friendly design. 

Tiyoda-Serec Corporation Precision & Industrial Cleaning Systems

3D Post Processing Technical Articles

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How to Minimize Post-Processing Headaches for 3D-Printed Parts 

Although 3D metal printing is becoming more popular, finishing remains a challenging and arduous task. Understanding how post-processing works and how to measure results will help you optimize this crucial step.

Steven Alviti

Post Processing Metal & Plastic Laser AM Parts 

As laser additive manufacturing technologies progress, they are becoming an increasingly more viable form of production and prototyping. Laser AM has the ability to manufacture multiple parts simultaneously and create complex geometries, making laser AM a strong contender compared to more traditional methods of manufacturing.

Steven R. Alviti

Deciding on the best finishing processes for 3D Printing

Develop3D article about post processing best practices for 3D parts.

Steven Alviti

Post Processing – Do’s & Don’ts

An article by Steve Alviti and edited by Christina Fuges. It explains the impact of post processing to the build geometry.

Christina M. Fuges

Dos and Donts for finishing of 3D printed parts

An article that outlines the requirements of surface finishing.

Steven Alviti

Adapting Mass Finishing Techniques for Post Processing of 3D parts

A guide to selecting and using the right media for your mass finishing needs.

Steven R. Alviti

Phillips Federal adds Bel Air Finishing post processing cell to Army arsenal

Bel Air and Phillips, a division of Phillips Corporation, have combined to install a completely operational cell for post processing of all types of metal and plastic additive manufactured components. 

Steven R. Alviti, Bel Air Finishing Supply Inc. Reprinted from Manufacturing News MAGAZINE 

Tool Honing Technical Articles

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Better Tool Life Through Advanced Chemistry

An article on tool coating and its benefits.

Manufacturing Engineering – ED Sinkora

Edge-Prep Process using Drag Finishing

Cutting tool edge-prep using drag finishing technology

R. Bailey

Drag Finishing Process for Cutting Tool Polishing

The process and benefits of drag finishing technology for tool polishing

R. Bailey