All users must wear a properly fitted dust mask (and should wear nitrile gloves also) when working with the sand blaster.
The dust cloud created during use will take a few minutes to settle/vacuum away, so in addition to locking the door before use,
users must also wait about 5 minutes to open the door after use.
Your parts must be able to fit into the machine with the door locked - NEVER operate the sand blaster with the door ajar.
Please also expect to vacuum any larger bits of debris from the work surface when you
are done - especially if you were working with an odd material like
plaster, concrete, or foam (foam may be outlawed in this machine - further testing is to be done to determine how often it will cause clogs).
As with all shop work, all users must clean up their mess in this machine, and not leave it
for the next user to deal with.
The sandblaster is ideally to be used on metal, glass, wood, or plastic. There is a funnel under the grate that all the solid material falls into,
and is recirculated through the tube/nozzle.
This means that particles too heavy to be pulled into the vacuum (on the left side) also cycle through with the material. It's not a problem
unless larger bits of material get into the tubing - if you sandblast plaster or foam, chunks that are broken off can get in there and will
frequently clog the nozzle. We're working on an upgrade to the work surface (a much finer grate) to prevent this from happening - but until
it's finished, we need to prevent larger bits of debris from falling in and clogging as much as possible.
Ask for a 5-minute training before using this machine. Let us know if you are having any issues with it.
Users should NOT attempt to refill or add abrasive themselves. It can be overfilled, and may need a full tank change, so please let
shop staff do the maintenance. Do not add any abrasive, and absolutely NEVER add waterjet abrasive to the sand blaster - we use a
different type entirely.
Please avoid letting the abrasive hit the plastic window while working - it gets very difficult
to work with when visibility is obscured, so we need to do our best to keep the window
clear as long as possible. Users should wipe it down with a wet paper towel before use.
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