A large part of 3D printing involves the sanding, finishing, and post processing of parts, this is generally refereed to as “model making”. Depending on the application of a part, different levels of finishing may be required. Our sales engineers are happy to work with you to determine the appropriate 3D printed part finishing requirements for your project.
Sanding – Everything from just a rough pass to remove support stubble all the way to wet sanding with 600 grit sand paper with specialized hand tools to remove all layer lines
Painting – Parts primed and painted with 2 part automotive grade paints in a spray booth
Assembly – Groups of parts can be finished and then assembled into functional assemblies, holes can be tapped or helicoiled, parts can be glued or light welded together
Vapor Hone / Media Blasting – Parts can be blasted to give them a matte finish (similar to a plastic milk jug in appearance and texture) this is our most cost effective finishing option
Clear Part Finishing – Parts printed on one of our SLA machines in the Somos Watershed material can be hand sanded and clear coated to achieve a very clear surface finish
Laser Etching – Using laser etching we are able to cost effectively digitally mark 3D printed parts with logos, serial numbers, instructions, ect
Model Making – Using a combination of all the services listed above fully finished and painted parts and assemblies can be made for use at trade shows, photo shoots, investor meetings, marketing materials, ect. Learn more about model making
Level 0 – Strip & Ship – Excess resin is cleaned off the parts and supports are removed. Support surfaces are not sanded and are left very rough.
Level 1 – Standard Finish – Parts are cleaned and supports removed. Rough support surfaces are sanded smooth. Unless specified this is the finish all parts we print are shipped with.
Level 2 – Matte Finish – Support surfaces are sanded, parts are lightly sanded in all rough areas. Vapor hone blast applied to entire part for uniform finish.
Level 3 – Smooth Finish – Layer lines removed through sanding of entire part. Vapor hone blast applied to entire part for uniform finish.
Level 4 – Paint Prep Finish – Layer lines removed through sanding of entire part.Part is prepared for painting.