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What do I need to begin dry ice blasting?

Posted by The Cold Jet Team on Jul 6, 2020 11:39:00 AM

dry ice system setup

Dry ice blasting requires a simple setup

Along with your dry ice blasting machine, the systems will come complete with a blast and air hose, an applicator and a nozzle that is best suited for your application.The only other items needed to operate the system are:

  • Compressed air source (either plant air or an air compressor)
  • Electric power source
  • Dry ice supply

An after cooler may be useful if you are using a portable diesel compressor as your air source. An after cooler removes most of the moisture from the system and can cool the air within 15°F (-9.4°C) of the surrounding air. This is primarily dependent on humidity levels.


Air pressure requirements

Dry ice blasting systems using pellets typically consume 100 cfm (2.8 m3/min) at 80 psi (5.5 bar), while systems using MicroParticles typically consume 30 cfm (0.9 m3/min) at 80 psi (5.5 bar).

Low flow nozzles for systems using MicroParticles can consume as little as 12 cfm (0.3 m³/min) at 80 psi (5.5 bar).

However, your needs will also depend on your application.


Have more questions about dry ice blasting?  Check out our Definitive Guide to Dry Ice Blasting!

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