Question: I am thinking of purchasing a small business doing stone engraving. My only concern is blasting with the silica sand which is what is being used right now. We plan to use a blasting room and filtered breathing system but I don’t know how safe I can be using silica sand. I am curious about alternatives like silicon carbide and aluminum oxide and could use any tips and advice on how I can do this kind of work safely.
Response: Blasting with silica sand is definitely NOT recommended – even with a breathing apparatus. Both Aluminum Oxide and Silicon Carbide are more aggressive blasting media than sand and will provide quicker results and a better surface finish on stone. Both of these media can be used with standard abrasive blasting systems without modification. Of course, always minimize breathing any kind of dust when blasting.