Finish Your 3D Metal Printing the Right Way
3D printing has provided the modern world with dozens of innovative advancements. This form of production creates intricate geometries with fewer hands in the production line. However, many 3D metal printed object still need finishing to achieve the desired level of quality. Check out the following tips to improve the look of your 3D metal or plastic part.
Not All Finishing Application Are Equal
The method of finishing is directly related to the material the object is made of. There isn’t one type of surface finishing technology that’s perfectly suited for all materials. Multiple techniques may even be needed for the different parts of a 3D printed piece. Be sure to talk to an industry expert before settling on a finishing process.
Fast Is Not Always Efficient
Although you’ve printed your object using 3D techniques, it’s best to rid your mind of that one-stop-shop mentality. Just because the object was printed in one shot, doesn’t mean the finishing will be quiet as simplified. Dimensional requirements and design come into play as you are finishing a piece. A build may need to be divided into a two-part assembly to keep finishing efficient and clean.
As you’re finishing a 3D printed part, reducing friction is key – especially for plastic parts. For mechanical parts, such as pistons and steal surface, this is especially important because friction on moving parts will cause excessive wear and tear. The rougher the surface of an object, the less quietly and safely it will operate.
Find the Right Method
There are several finishing techniques that will bring your 3D part to the desired finish. Weigh the different options before you settle on your chosen method.
- Metal brushing creates textures that hide imperfections on sheet metal parts.
- polishing will provide a glossy finish on surfaces and slightly rounded edges.
- Electroplating provides various metallic colored finishes
- Tumbling will brush and polish metals
Finishing 3D printed parts is a complex, but necessary process to get your desired finish.. If you’re unsure what direction to go in, contact our team of finishing experts today. Not only will we equip you with the necessary machinery to finish your project, but we can also guide you throughout the process.