The Use of Vibratory Polishing Machine

Update:24 May 2023

Vibratory Polishing Machine is a process of mass finishing. It is commonly used to deburr and clean products, including metals like titanium, with a high-quality finish. The method uses a round processing bowl to hold the product or parts to be polished, which is vibrated with abrasive media to smooth and polish the surface of the product. The product and abrasive material then rub against each other to remove any rough edges or surfaces, and produce a smoother and more attractive finish.

The abrasive particles are usually steel shot or ceramic beads, depending on the desired finish. The system can be adjusted to control the frequency and amplitude of the vibration to customize the process to meet specific needs, such as the size and shape of the part or product being finished. Using the correct sized tumbling media is essential to the effectiveness of this type of machine. Consult the manufacturer’s recommendations for size, frequency, and amplitude of media to ensure your machine is working correctly.

vibratory finishing machine with curved wall bowl-1

vibratory finishing machine with curved wall bowl

Vibratory polishing machines are often used in the automotive industry to smooth and polish various parts. They are also used in the aerospace and medical device manufacturing industries to deburr, deflash, and polish castings, forgings, and machined components. This process can also be used to remove rust, scale, and other surface contaminants from the workpiece. Vibratory polishing machines can be used to sand and grit a sample, and they are frequently used for chemomechanically polishing samples prior to atomic force microscopy (AFM) or electron-backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Using the right tumbling and finishing process is an important step in producing the best results from any metallographic analysis.


Mass Finishing Machines and Tumbling Media