Metal Tumbling And Deburring Detroit

Detroit Metal Tumbling And Deburring

Often during the manufacturing process, parts are left with small raised edges that can be sharp sometimes. These tiny fragments of metal that remain attached to the metal parts are known as burrs. In order to get rid of these small, stray pieces of metal that can be dangerous when handling metal parts, we use a deburring process. 



The key to manufacturing a metal part without burrs is to not make any burrs in the cutting process, but this is not always possible. It is inevitable that when you are cutting metal, there will be some minor imperfections in the material that cause burrs. Because of this, Automotive Tumblings team of highly experienced personnel designed custom equipment to meet the ever changing needs of our customers. 


Barrel Tumbling

It would be very time-consuming and laborious to remove metal burrs individually, by hand. That is why we use a barrel tumbler to deburr many small parts at once. Barrel tumbling is excellent at rounding off corners and removing any sharp burrs on parts that have heavy radiuses. Different speeds and amplitudes of vibration are used when deburring different parts, but in general: High speeds and large amplitudes can get the job done by rolling over burrs and mushroom sharp edges.


Vibratory Deburring

When using the process of vibratory deburring, it can be compared to that of a filing action. As upward, angular force is applied, metal parts and media are rubbed together creating a  cutting action. A vibratory tumbler applies a force 5 to 10 times greater than that of a barrel tumbling machine. This results in a much shorter cycle time as the vibratory tumbler is able to cut the entire load with one pulse. Vibratory deburring can be used on fragile parts because there are no unequal forces acting on the parts.



Both Barrel tumbling and vibratory deburring use some form of media to create soft, clean edges on metal parts. The media in our deburring machines may consist of stone, ceramic, or plastic beads. Water is added to the machines to wash away dirt and carry the media. When necessary, chemicals are used to improve the quality of the finished product.



Deburring is the act of removing sharp burrs from large and small parts edges to smooth them down. Tumble Deburring is a procedure used for medium to large, less-fragile stampings as a pretreatment for the next operation. It generates a softened edge on metal components that is safe to handle and promotes the adhesion of plating or other coating systems on the edges. Our vibratory finishing and shot blasting operations benefit greatly from this approach of deburring and cleaning.

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Roll-over Burr

Chips that are bent rather than severed off the cutter’s path are called bent chips. Some material rolls and travels with the cutting tool as it completes the cut. The material folds inwards and along the cut edge toward the feed. The chip does not separate from the portion of the material that is sufficiently ductile. Because the chip or roll becomes thicker as the depth increases, the depth of cut also leads to the production of a roll-over burr.


Mechanical Burrs

There are two sorts of mechanical rollover burrs and breakout burrs. During metal forming procedures such as drilling, shearing, punching, sawing, and routing, the first and final types of burr are inflicted. The use of the right tools, as well as the proper speed and feed rates, can help to eliminate burrs.


Burr Poisson

The term “Poisson” comes from the Poisson effect, which refers to the expansion of directions perpendicular to the stress application. When compressive stresses are applied to a material, the edges of the area in contact distort and elongate, forming burrs. As the cutting tool’s tip makes contact with the workpiece, the compressive and shearing forces cause the cut’s edges to distort. Entrance burrs, which occur at the cutting tool’s entry point, are the result of these deformations.



Tear Burr

Tear burrs are sided burrs that arise when a cut item is plastically distorted rather than sheared completely. This is seen in punching techniques, where the contour of the punched hole is left with a sharp, jagged edge. This is the result of material ripping away from the workpiece.



Burr Cut-off

The leftover material as the cut component separates or falls off from the main part causes a cut-off burr. This might be either a good or bad burr. Saw cuts and automatic screw machine parts are the most common places to find cut-off burrs. Burrs of this type can be avoided by adequately supporting both sides of the cut until it is completed.



Thermal Burrs

Slags spatters, and dross are all terms used to describe these types of burrs. Slags are formed when molten metal is hardened through welding, plasma cutting, or laser cutting. Due to residual stresses caused by heating and uncontrolled cooling, slags have different mechanical characteristics than the base metal. Slags may normally be chipped off using a manual power brush, but grinding may be required in some circumstances.


Deburring barrel tumblers Detroit services provide the most versatile option for metal finishing systems. They have a wide variety applications that include heavy deburring, high polishing, degating, and parts drying. Automotive Tumbling has the largest fleet of barrel tumblers in Michigan and can handle any volume of parts.


During the process, the barrel slowly rotates and cascades to achieve the desired surface finish of the product. In particular, this process provides several options that vary depending on our clients needs. In addition, the process can be wet or dry, and media does not always have to be utilized.



Wet barrel finishing: The system containing water, is a batch system for the removal of excess material or for the polishing of parts. Including water and finishing compounds in the process forms radii, removes burrs, improves surface appearances, polishes, and cleans. Also, wet barrel tumbling is a great selection for processing metal and plastic parts.



Dry barrel finishing: This is a batch system for mass polishing or removing excess material from plastic or metal parts without the use of liquids. If you need to finish delicate parts that risk damage in a wet barrel, dry tumbling is the absolute best choice. In addition, a dry system produces a smoother and higher finish.


  • Wide Variety of Load Sizes
  • Wet or Dry Processing
  • Accommodates Small and Large Parts
  • Aggressive Tumbling
  • Cascading Action for Fragile Parts
  • High Polishing Capabilities


  • Heavy and Light Deburring
  • Slag and Heavy Burr Removal
  • Polishing
  • Burnishing
  • Deflashing
  • Cleaning and Rust Removal

Normal Uses

  • Large Batch Runs
  • Heavy Loads
  • Handle Larger Size Parts
  • Small Batch Runs
  • Deburring Metal Parts
  • Deflashing Plastic Parts
  • Polishing Metals and Plastics

Automotive Tumbling has several industrial-grade barrel tumblers that allow us to provide the most reliable methods for deburring and polishing metal parts. This Detroit deburring process is specially designed to tumble metal and plastic parts and components to the required finish. In addition, we add abrasive media and finishing compounds to ensure a perfect finish even in recessed surfaces.

Why Use Automotive Tumbling For All Detroit Metal Tumbling & Deburring?

As we have for more than 70 years, Automotive Tumbling provides premier finishing services to our customers, assuring that they are always 100 percent satisfied. Our team of experts can handle any size project and our expertise cannot be matched by anyone in country. All our customers receive a single source contact that not only answer 24/7, but provides a level of customer service that is uncommon in any industry. You are the customer and we will do whatever is needed to make sure you are satisfied with the services we provide. 

Automotive Tumbling's Precision Process for Burr Removal

Tailored Development Strategy
We customize each finishing process to fit our clients’ specific needs from start to finish. Resulting in specialized services tailored you. 


Part Samples & Quality
We create a process for each product and provide our clients with finished samples at no charge. In addition, collaboration with the customer is essential. If something needs improvement, we will utilize the clients feedback to adjust the process immediately. Resulting in a customized, consistent, and repeatable set of specifications for finishing your unique product.


Advanced Technology
Automotive Tumbling continuously adds state-of-the-art machinery, media and inspection equipment to adapt to the industry’s latest advances and our customers changing needs. Our solutions have exceeded all expectations by providing a better finishing quality and faster turnaround times than are typically possible.


Automotive Tumbling works on products made of all types of materials. Contact us today at 1-313-925-7450 for all your metal finishing Detroit needs!

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