Dry tumbling


The process of tumbling, not employing water to clean and remove burrs, but tumbling metal parts in a dry media and compound mixture in order to smoothen them, creating a hand-buffed appearance.

Alternative labels

arid burr removal
arid tumbling
waterless burr removal
dusty tumbling
waterless tumbling

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Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Dry tumbling is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Optional knowledge

Dry tumbling is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Tumbling machine operator: Tumbling machine operators set up and operate tumbling machines, often wet or drie tumbling barrels, designed to remove excess material and burrs of heavy metal workpieces and precious metals and to improve surface appearance, by rotating the metal pieces in a barrel together with grit and potentially water, allowing for the friction between the pieces mutually and with the grit to cause a rounding, smooth effect.




  1. Dry tumbling – ESCO


Last updated on September 20, 2022