Finishing Processes

Sealing, polishing and painting expand what your 3D printer can do.

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Smoothing FDM Parts

As processes and materials have advanced, industry has expanded the use of the technology beyond prototyping to manufacturing.
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Sealing FDM Parts

A number of different sealing methods have been validated for FDM parts in a wide range of new applications.
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PPSF Finishing Techniques

PPSF (polyphenylsulfone) is a high-temperature, high-strength and chemically resistant FDM material. Finishing can be a challenge.
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Painting 3D Printed Models and Parts

FDM parts can be sanded and painted for attractive functional prototypes and end–use parts.
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Mass Finishing for FDM Parts

Abrading the stepped outer layers in an action called “cutting,” mass finishing removes material to achieve a smooth finish
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Alternate Support Methods for Build Optimization

Even a small decrease in material consumption and build time can have a large impact on production expense and throughput.
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Electroplating with FDM Masters

Electroplating deposits a thin layer of metal on the surface of a part built on a Fortus 3D Production System using the FDM process.
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Bonding and Gluing

Create models that exceed the size of your 3D printer’s build envelope, or combine 3D printed parts with other components.
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Bead Blasting

Inexpensive and quick, your model, part, pattern or tool can have a great surface finish without sandpaper, fillers or solvents.
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Find your finishing process

Sealing, polishing and painting expand what your 3D printer can do.
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