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Types Of Deburring

Types Of Deburring

It's essential to have components and equipment that deliver accurate, dependable results in many sectors. Extreme precision and attention to detail are necessary for many tasks, especially those using metal. This is if you want to maintain your operations' productivity and have consistent results.

Deburring is an operation that needs to be done regularly to maintain metal smoothness, avoid dangerous situations, and keep your existing workpieces from breaking down. Let's discuss deburring and the various deburring procedures you might employ to maintain the quality of your workpieces and parts.


A burr is a tiny ridge or protrusion of metal that occasionally forms during metal machining or modification. These must be eliminated for the part to be finished to a high standard. Burr creation is a complicated process of material deformation influenced by numerous factors, making it challenging to prevent burrs from forming.

The type of burr depends on the machining technique used. This is because they can take many shapes and are often produced when the tool enters or exits the workpiece.

The item will be deburred using one of the various processes available after machining, laser cutting, etc. If necessary. This will produce a smooth and even part and eliminate any edges obstructing part fitting or movement. When burrs are not removed from the parts, dimensional accuracy (how closely the finished part matches the specifications on the engineering drawing), surface quality, the risk to workers and end users when handling the parts, and the susceptibility of the parts to fatigue are reduced.


The following are the top five burrs encountered in metalworking:

  • Poisson burr
  • Rollover burr
  • Tear burr
  • Cut-off burr
  • Thermal burr


  • Laser cutting
  • Plasma cutting
  • Waterjet cutting
  • Grinding
  • Milling
  • Turning
  • Forming
  • Stamping


It is not aesthetically pleasing to have burrs on parts, but they compromise their safety and functionality. Deburring, which can be carried out manually, mechanically, thermally, or electrochemically, eliminates these flaws.


  1. Manual Deburring
  2. Punch Deburring
  3. Electrochemical Deburring
  4. Tumbling
  5. Thermal Deburring
  6. Grinding and Rolling
  7. Hole Deburring
  8. Brush Deburring


A deburring cutter with a hexagonal shank that helps the tip locate the center of the machined hole to assist the cutting edge in removing any burrs, leaving the edge of the machined hole with a chamfer (the small angled edge that is left after deburring), or using grinders, brushes, files, and sanders are examples of hand tools used for manual deburring. These tools typically have a curved or hook-shaped edge that scrapes burrs off.


Punch deburring, which can be used to deburr holes and part corners, removes burrs with a punching machine. This procedure is more effective and productive than manual deburring but unsuitable for complex shapes. It takes rough blanking dies, fine blanking dies, and sizing dies to achieve punch mold work. Punch deburring, which can be used to deburr holes and part corners, removes burrs with a punching machine. This procedure is more effective and productive than manual deburring but unsuitable for complex shapes. It takes rough blanking dies, fine blanking dies, and sizing dies to make punch molds work.


A negatively charged electrode (cathode) is used in electrochemical deburring to dissolve away burrs in a process known as "reverse plating" by melting the metal in an anodic environment. The anodic reaction, which is caused by the cathode acting under DC in an electrolyte solution of salts dissolved in water (sodium chloride or sodium nitrate), eliminates the workpiece's surface material accurately and without the danger of the parts being heated in places other than the intended ones.

It can readily deburr holes, intersections of internal channels, and other difficult-to-reach places on the workpiece and is often used on smaller components for locations that can't be reached with conventional deburring equipment and procedures.


Metal tumbling is a mass finishing method that can simultaneously deburr (among other finishes) vast numbers of pieces. It involves putting components in a revolving barrel with water, a compounding agent, and abrasive media. This causes the components and media to tumble inside the barrel, causing friction and rubbing the components. Tumbling is one of the more effective and economical ways to deburr. This is because it allows all the pieces to be quickly and effectively deburred simultaneously.


When using the thermal deburring (known as the thermal energy method or TEM) process, a precise gas mixture is supplied into a deburring chamber and ignited by a spark. To avoid damaging the workpiece, a focus must be placed on finding the proper ratio of oxygen and fuel used to generate heat during the process. It is a procedure that removes all burrs in a short time. However, because ferric oxide forms on the workpiece's surface due to the TEM process, additional processing, such as pickling, is necessary.


Similar to manual deburring, mechanical deburring involves grinding or rolling. However, it is much faster and more economical because multiple parts may be processed simultaneously continuously. When an abrasive rotating wheel contacts the workpiece's surface, it removes burrs by rotating around a central axis. This process is known as mechanical grinding.


Deburring a hole's interior involves employing a spring-loaded cutting tool, placed on a spindle and positioned to pass smoothly through the hole while removing burrs. This process is known as hole deburring. This deburring method is cost-effective but only works on holes and requires special tooling. It also produces a high-quality finish.


Brush deburring removes burrs from the workpiece by rubbing (or brushing) it with brush tools that contain abrasives. Although most power brushes are made to be used in machine tools, which allows automation, this technique is quick and economical. It can be done manually like sandpaper and used in intricate patterns.
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