Applications such as landing gears and turbine blades place new demands on near-net coating technologies. Such demands include the replacement of traditional grinding, finishing and grit basting techniques with better, more efficient methods. A method is described for near-net-shape spraying of complex internal and external geometries which eliminates the need for grinding. This is achieved by combining automatic, mass-flow controlled HVOF grit blasting with Nano-HVOF methods. The resulting coating displays an as-sprayed surface roughness of less than 2 μm Ra and a tight control over coating thickness and distribution. By carefully controlling the coating thickness and surface properties, it is possible to hone the required dimension and surface roughness.

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