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Sandblasting Film

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What is Sandblasting Film?

In sandblasting, a sandblasting film is the durable, flexible stencil that is used to guide the etching . Where the surface is covered with the sandblasting film , it is completely protected from the corrosive impact of the abrasive. In the open areas of the sandblasting film  stencil, the surface is etched in the pattern of your computer-generated artwork. sandblasting film  is also called mask, stencil, premade pattern or template.

Advances made in sandblasting film technology over the last twenty years have greatly improved the accessibility of sandcarving. Before the introduction of sandblasting film , sandblasters would create stencils manually, by designing, tracing and hand-cutting vinyl or rubber. Now, with sandblasting film , the process is far more automated.

Sandblasting as a business

Sandblasting is an important technique for the decorative, architectural and recognition industries. The specialized segments of these industries that rely on sandcarving include:

  • Trophies and awards
  • Ad specialty
  • Stained glass
  • Engraving
  • Signage
  • Monuments
  • Architectural glass and restoration

There are other etching and engraving techniques, such as cream etching, hand cutting, engraving with tools, diamond cutting, wheel cutting and laser engraving—but all of these have some limitations relative to sandcarving. For the most part, sandcarving is the most versatile of these techniques, because it can be used to produce very simple or very complex designs.

The finished sandcarved product also has a higher perceived value in the marketplace. What would you rather have to commemorate an accomplishment: a low-end wall plaque that’s easily replicated, or an intricately engraved crystal trophy? Most consumers feel the same way, which is why the demand for sandcarved glass, crystal, marble, granite gifts, trophies and awards is quickly replacing the demand for carved wood, engraved metal and other etched products.