How to Remove Burrs from Metal Parts

Author: Date Published: Jun 21,2024

Burrs are small, sharp protrusions, edges, or metal filings that are generated during processing, manufacturing, or other handling processes. They typically appear during cutting, drilling, stamping, milling, turning, and similar operations.

Causes of Burr Formation

Cutting Forces and Tool Wear:

During machining, the interaction between the cutting tool and the workpiece surface generates cutting forces and friction, which can lead to material being pushed and torn, resulting in burrs. Tool wear can also cause the cutting edge to become dull, increasing the likelihood of burr formation.

Material Properties:

Different materials have varying tendencies to form burrs. For example, materials with high ductility are more prone to burr formation during cutting because they tend to deform rather than break cleanly.

Machining Parameters:

Machining parameters such as cutting speed, feed rate, and depth of cut significantly influence burr formation. Improper parameter settings can increase burr formation, such as high cutting speeds or excessive feed rates leading to more material deformation.

Machining Methods:

Different machining methods produce burrs in different ways. For instance, drilling can create burrs at the entry and exit points of the hole, while milling might produce burrs along the cutting edges.

metal burr

There are several methods you can choose from if you want to remove burrs from metal parts to get a smooth surface. Here are a few methods to remove metal burrs:

Manual Deburring

You can choose the manual deburring method if you need to deburr small parts. This method is relatively inexpensive but slower. Manual deburring does not require a large machine. You only need some simple tools, such as deburring knives, sandpaper, files, and other polishing tools. However, it requires a certain amount of skill to avoid causing further damage to the workpiece. This is a traditional deburring method and can be very trying. If you need to deburr one or more large parts, using the manual deburring method may not be feasible and may be more challenging.

Manual Deburring

Abrasive Grinding and Rolling

You need a machine to perform this deburring. Grinding and rolling is a mechanical method of deburring that can easily produce high-quality surface finishes. It is similar to manual deburring but is faster and less expensive.

Thermal Deburring

One of the most common types of burrs is thread burrs, also known as wire burrs. These are aluminum wires the size of human hair that are embedded in the roots and tops of thread ports or cavities. These wires are invisible to the naked eye and usually come out after an accessory or valve is screwed into the port and then removed, exposing the thread burrs. Thermal deburring can remove all of these annoying burrs to ensure that your manifold is 100% burr-free.

Advantages of thermal deburring include:

- Cleaner and safer working environment

- Thoroughly removes burr particles

- Improves overall production efficiency

- Increases throughput

- Reduces time and effort

Thermal Deburring

Electrochemical Deburring

Electrochemical deburring (ECD) is a process that uses an electrochemical reaction to remove burrs from metal workpieces. The process is based on the principle that when an electric current is passed through a solution of electrolyte between an anode (the workpiece) and a cathode (the tool), metal ions are dissolved from the anode and deposited on the cathode. In the case of deburring, the burrs are the high points on the workpiece that are dissolved and deposited on the tool.

Automated Brush Deburring Processes

Automated brush deburring is a versatile and efficient method for removing burrs from a variety of metal parts. However, the effectiveness of the process can be significantly impacted by several factors, such as the type of brush, the speed of the brush, and the pressure applied to the part.

By carefully optimizing these parameters, it is possible to achieve a high level of burr removal while minimizing part damage and cycle time. In addition, automated brush deburring can be integrated into automated production lines, making it a cost-effective solution for high-volume applications.

*Here are some additional tips for removing burrs:

- Wear safety glasses and gloves when working with burrs.

- Use the correct tool for the job.

- Be careful not to damage the workpiece.

- If you are unsure of how to remove a burr, consult a professional.

Automated Brush Deburring Processes


Choosing the appropriate deburring method depends on the part size, volume of production, and specific requirements of the task. Manual deburring is suitable for small-scale operations, while abrasive grinding, thermal deburring, electrochemical deburring, and automated brush deburring offer solutions for larger parts and higher production volumes. By selecting the right method, you can achieve a High-quality, burr-free finish, improving overall production efficiency and product quality.

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