Finishing and Post Processing

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About Finishing and Post Processing

If you need a full color model, we have many options. Most additive manufacturing materials are receptive to advanced finishing. Paint, tints, dyes, and clear finishes are just a few of the options we have. Many materials can also be electroplated in copper, nickel or chrome. Ink transfers, sandblasted finishes, laser engraved logos, and vinyl graphics are just a few of the tricks our talented finishing staff have used to create the professional, realistic look you expect.

SLA Finish Levels

Finishing Level

Process Inclusions

 

 

Level 1

Supports removed, sanded & light bead blast of support faces

Level 2

Supports removed, sanded & bead blast entire part

Level 2+

Sand to remove layer lines, sand with 180, bead blast entire part

Level 3

Sand to 320 removing all accessible layer lines so it's ready to prime/paint (show quality, urethane molds)

Level 4

Sand to 600 wet (high gloss finish or water clear; Required when parts are to be plated or to enhance transparency)

 

 

SLS Finish Levels

Finishing Level

Process Inclusions

 

Level 1

 

Excess powder removed, lightly bead blasted.

Level 2

Excess powder removed, lightly bead blasted, sealed to lessen porosity. 

Level 2+

Excess powder removed, lightly bead blasted, sealed to lessen porosity, lightly sanded to a smooth-to-the-touch surface finish

Level 3

Excess powder removed, lightly bead blasted, sealed to lessen porosity, and sanded to a paint-ready finish

Smoothing

Injection molded-like surface finish

Tumbling

Parts can be tumbled for a smooth surface finish

Dyeing

Various colors available

 

 

Recommended Finishing Levels

For show quality models we recommend a Finish Level 3 for the following paint options:

  • Primer
  • Paint (Gloss or Matte)
  • Soft Touch
  • Texture
  • Dyeing

We recommend a Finish Level 4 for the following paint options:

  • Optically Clear
  • Plating

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