Process Technology Examples

Bel Air Focuses on Finishing with a Flourish

Ralph Alviti had a simple request of his son, Steven, back in the mid-1970s when the Alviti's were operating a manufacturing plant in Providence: find a better way to smooth out the rough edges of the jewelry pieces their -company was churning out.

Bone Screws with Tulip Heads

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Tulip Head Bone Screw Component

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Bone Plate

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Bone Plate Sections

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Pharmaceutical Pill Punch

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Pharmaceutical Pill Punch

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Tibia Tray

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Tibia Trays

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Cobalt Chrome Tibia Tray

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Bone Screw

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Bone Tap

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Post Processing – Do’s & Don’ts

3D printing requires different finishing considerations than traditional manufacturing. Experts at Bel Air Finishing offers do’s and don’ts for approaching the finishing of additively manufactured parts.

Deciding on the best finishing processes for 3D Printing

Bel Air Finishing, led by President Steve Alviti, emphasizes the importance of optimizing the 3D printing finishing process by understanding the part's structure, purpose, and desired surface qualities. Their comprehensive approach involves analyzing sample parts using Zygo optical metrology equipment, allowing manufacturers to make informed decisions on technologies, machines, and compounds for achieving the best finishing results in additive manufacturing.

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

In Steve Alviti's Additive Manufacturing Column, the challenges of finishing 3D metal printing are highlighted, emphasizing the importance of understanding post-processing techniques and measurement methods for optimization. The article explores considerations such as part size, geometry, purpose, and acceptable variations, guiding readers through the process of selecting technologies and equipment to enhance the cosmetic and functional aspects of finished parts.

Dos and Donts for finishing of 3D printed parts

Steven Alviti discusses challenges in achieving quality surface finishes for additive manufacturing (AM) parts and provides recommendations, including considering surface finish requirements in design and experimenting with conventional finishing methods.

J&J Metals Network

Bel Air was invited to present new mass finishing techniques as they relate to new metals in the 3D AM printing of medical devices. The conference was part of J&J's methodology of future improvement and Bel Air demonstrate methods of device improvements from a surface finish perspective.

Effectiveness of Tool Polishing

Learn more about the honing and polishing of cutting tool edges, and how this versatile and cost-effective approach, can be implemented in your production process.

Cutting Tool Edge-Prep (Honing)

Learn more about the importance and effectiveness of cutting tool edge-prep, and how drag finishing technology can bused to increase tool life by 300%

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

Phillips Federal has integrated Bel Air Finishing's post-processing technologies to support its Public Private Partnership (P3) and additive manufacturing programs at Rock Island Arsenal (RIA). Learn about post-processing technologies often overlooked in the additive manufacturing process, ultimately enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of 3D printing efforts.

Take ‘Em for a Spin

Learn about the importance of efficient deburring practices in automated metal-cutting processes. Here Steven Alviti advocates for the adoption of small-scale centrifugal disc finishing systems to enhance productivity, reduce labor costs, and improve competitiveness in manufacturing.

Critical Mass

Critical Mass - Learn about Mass Finishing and how Bel Air has developed their systems and processes to increase quality for their clients

Media Frenzy

Learn about the Media Frenzy, and how to choosing mass finishing media considering the types, materials, and additives.

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

The Santa Fe Symposium® actively seeks innovation throughout the jewelry industry, encompassing technological, operational, and experiential realms. During the Symposium, curious minds from the industry converge to showcase and explore research, exchange expertise, and connect with fellow professionals. It serves as a platform for learning about the latest developments in every facet of this global industry. Here our very own President Steve Alviti submits his technical research and findings on The Effects of Burnishing on the Surface of Cast Gold and Silver Jewelry.

The Effects of Ball Burnishing on Silver Castings: Phase II

The Santa Fe Symposium® actively seeks innovation throughout the jewelry industry, encompassing technological, operational, and experiential realms. During the Symposium, curious minds from the industry converge to showcase and explore research, exchange expertise, and connect with fellow professionals. It serves as a platform for learning about the latest developments in every facet of this global industry. Here our very own President Steve Alviti submits his technical research and findings on The Effects of Ball Burnishing on Silver Castings; the second phase of his study.

Centrifugal Disc Finisher

Learn about Bel Air's Centrifugal Disc Finisher and how it can be used to deburr and polish your parts both fast and effectively in coordination with you machining center for cellular operation. Reduce the burden on your deburring department.

Bel Air’s Finishing Touch

Learn about Bel Air's innovations in mass finishing and integration with CNC machining centers for tailored solutions; as the final deburring and or surface finishing of all type of components.

J&J Metals Network

Bel Air was invited to present new mass finishing techniques as they relate to new metals in the 3D AM printing of medical devices. The conference was part of J&J's methodology of future improvement and Bel Air demonstrate methods of device improvements from a surface finish perspective.

Spinning Away Waste

Aro-Sac, a jewelry component manufacturer, optimizes vibratory finishing wastewater treatment by employing the Centech 3100 filtration system for mechanical separation and Aqua Safe chemical flocculent for encapsulation. This integrated approach not only significantly extends the water life in the vibratory system but also allows for a six-month reuse period without evaporation, while the resulting sludge can be disposed of as non-hazardous material.

Bel Air Mass Finishing MQP

Worcester Polytech engineering college requires students to do a major qualifying project(MQP) in order to graduate Bel Air mentored McAllen and Jeff Laun to foster an understanding of the effects of mass finishing on the surface of metal test coupons.

Advantages of Airless Vacuum Vapor Degreaser

Learn more about Tiyoda-Serec Corporation's Airless™ Vacuum Vapor Degreaser which is a versatile, environmentally friendly solution for jewelry manufacturing. Complying with safety regulations, it minimizes environmental impact while providing cost-effective, automated cleaning processes.

Jewelry Pendants

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Polishing Silver Medallions

The customer wanted to determine a process to reduce the amount of hand labor required to polish stamped silver medallions.

Cast Jewelry Ring

The customer wanted Bel Air to test multiple technologies to smooth over dental implants.

Coin Blank

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Polishing Gold Jewelry Beads

The customer wanted to determine an automated process to eliminate the need for hand finishing required for gold jewelry beads.

Copper Chain Bracelet

The customer wanted Bel Air to test multiple technologies in order to bright/ smooth shine a chain bracelet.

Class Rings

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Jewelry Bead

The customer wanted Bel Air to test multiple technologies in order to polish the gold jewelry bead.

Finger Ring

The customer wanted to ultra polish this copper ring. This was accomplished by using a multiple equipment's.

Twisted Wire Cuff Bracelet

The customer wanted Bel Air to test multiple technologies and to bright/ smooth shine their twisted wire cuff bracelet.

Sterling Silver Chain

The customer wanted these jewelry pieces to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Pendant Charms

The customer wanted Bel Air to test multiple technologies to smooth over this piece of jewelry.

Fashion Jewelry

The customer wanted these jewelry pieces to be polished. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Cuff Bracelet

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Art-Wear

The customer wanted Bel Air to test multiple technologies to smooth over their product.

Dental Bands

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Dental Pic Tool

This client wanted their dental pick honed and polished. This was accomplished by using the centrifugal disc and barrel machines along with a tumbler.

MIM Dental Brace Components

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Knurled Tool Handle

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Invisalign Dental Molds

The customer wanted Bel Air to test multiple technologies to smooth over Invisalign dental molds

Aircraft Engine Shroud Segment

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Aerospace Missile Segments

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Camera Enclosure

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

3D Printed Intake Manifold

The customer wanted to remove and clean all excess build material from a BinderJet 3D printed Intake Manifold.

Piston Rings

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Deburring Gear Teeth

Develop a faster more efficient, low-cost method of removing burrs from the gear teeth without a secondary machining operation.

Deburring Steel Gear Teeth

Develop a faster more efficient, low-cost method of removing burrs from the gear teeth without a secondary machining operation.

Transmission Gear

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Chain Sprocket

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Attain Gears Surface

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

AM Automotive Gear

The customer wanted Bel Air to test multiple technologies to smooth over dental implants.

Aluminum Revolver Frame

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Pistol Slide

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Rifle Barrel

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Rifle Stock

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Aluminum AR Receiver

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Pistol Frame

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Revolver Frame

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Aluminum Revolver Frame

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Steel Alloy Revolver Frame

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Reload Casings

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Compound Bow

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Gun Barrel

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Pistol Barrel

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Scope Rack

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Sight Block

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Deburring Steel Firearm Bolt

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Bolt Carrier

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Bolt Carrier Group

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Hip Stem Implant

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Clutch Disc Washer

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Coated Femoral

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Bone Implant Tooling

test Post The customer wanted Bel Air to test multiple technologies and electropolishing on their 3D-printed consumer components.

Rotator Cuff

test Post The customer wanted Bel Air to test multiple technologies and electropolishing on their 3D-printed consumer components.

Jaws for Operations

test Post The customer wanted Bel Air to test multiple technologies and electropolishing on their 3D-printed consumer components.

Forceps

test Post The customer wanted Bel Air to test multiple technologies and electropolishing on their 3D-printed consumer components.

Clamp Handle

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Electrical Connector

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Electronic Connector

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Bus Duct

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Bus Bar Connector

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Coaxial Connector

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Electrical Contacts

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Automotive Connector

The customer wanted Bel Air to test multiple technologies to smooth over dental implants.

Brass Washer

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Brass Electrical Contact

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Brass Fitting

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Aluminum Housing

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Stapler Blades

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Gun Bolt

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Rifle Receiver

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Rifle Latch

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Paint Gun Frame

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Rifle Clip Component

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Gun Sear

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Gun Triggers

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Hammer and Sear

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Edge Prep Carbide End Mill

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Revolver Cylinder

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Pistol Button

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Ceramic Coated Turbine Blade

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Steel Alloy Turbine Blade

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Valve Shuttle

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Aerospace Valve Component

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Hydraulic fitting

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Valve Component

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Turbine Compressor Blank

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Fuel Cell Component

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Compressor Blade

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Gears

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Metal Pill Punch

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Automotive Knob Accessory

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Bracket, Aircraft

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Carbide Burnishing Roller

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Pneumatic Poppet Valve

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Automotive Injector Valve

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Latches

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Manifold

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Injector Parts

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Automotive Trim Buttons

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Injector Nozzle

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Implant Device

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Spinal Jacket, PEEK

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Tibia Tools

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Jaws for Operating Device

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Operating Device Component

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Leg Prosthetic Component

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Endoscope Tip

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Tibia Implant

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Implant Component

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Jaw Biopsy

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Tubular Needle

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Operating Tool

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Stint Implant

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Tibia Blocks

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Hip Ball

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Spinal Implant Device

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Aluminum Syringe Handles

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Medical Operating Device

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Bevel Gears

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.

Casted Hardware

The customer wanted these jewelry pendants to be polished and cut down. The centrifugal disc finisher was used to accomplish this.