Burr Problems – Deburring 101

We’re back this week with an installment of our weekly series, Deburring 101.

So let’s kick it off with some basics. What is a burr?

Merriam Webster defines a burr as “a thin ridge or area of roughness produced in cutting or shaping metal.” 

Wikipedia says, “A burr is a raised edge or small piece of material that remains attached to a workpiece after a modification process.”

But while correct, these definitions don’t emphasize the problems that burrs cause within the manufacturing process. Burrs are an inherent byproduct of machining and need to be prevented or removed as efficiently as possible.

Burr problems and safety Sugino Corp.

The problems burrs cause are myriad, but they generally fall into a few categories:

Production or equipment problems in your production line
downstream, causing blockages, damage, work stoppage or other issues.

Workpiece problems such as part failure or weak spots.


Safety hazards like lacerations or other injuries
caused by malfunctioning equipment.


It’s clear that burrs are problematic, but next week we’ll take a deeper look at the problems they create, and how to minimize the risk to your production process, your parts, and to your team.

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See the next installment: Why Deburr 

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