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Laser Cleaning (also known as Laser Blasting) vs. Abrasive Blasting are some of the most common equipment options in processes for surface conditioning needs. Abrasive blasting is constituted in either sandblasting, bead blasting, soda blasting, media blasting, water blasting, dry ice blasting, or chemical etching. These days, companies using abrasive blasting machinery experience a number of difficulties than solutions in their material processing/surface preparation needs and a new wave of technology is being sought after. Enter, Laser Blasting. Laser Blasting, or Laser Cleaning, is being used in various industries due to their speed and efficiency in cleaning without damaging the base material, environment, or affecting personal health. Laser Technology is beginning to be seen as the most effective method for cleaning, cutting, marking and engraving.

Understand the benefits and disadvantages of Laser Cleaning versus abrasive blasting.


Laser Cleaning Pros:

  • Eco-Friendly
  • Extremely precision and accuracy
  • Non-abrasive
  • Non-toxic
  • Minimize contaminated surfaces
  • Decrease health and safety risks
  • Improve component marking and tracking
  • OSHA and EPA friendly
  • Decontamination and Decommissioning
  • Easy Cleanup
  • Maintenance-Free
  • Quick Implementation

Abrasive Blasting Pros:

  • Profiling Of Surface
  • Easy Process
  • Wide Applications
  • Affordable

Laser Cleaning Cons:

  • High-Security demands
  • Special training
  • More costly to implement

Abrasive Blasting Cons:

  • High-Security demands
  • Special training
  • More likely to damage base material from an inability to target specified areas
  • Difficulty containing hazardous dispersed materials
  • Large investment into safety precautions
  • Immobile Process
  • Difficulty in finding personnel to operate
  • Costly to maintenance
  • Arising compliance and regulation issues