Mass Finishing Technical Articles

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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

Media Frenzy

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

Steven R. 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

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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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

Mass Finishing 101

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

Tool Honing Technical Articles

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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

Critical Mass

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

Dr. Laroux K. Gillespie