Finishing is the post-printing process of smoothing the surface of a printed object. It is so that it looks as perfect and professional as possible. Large industrial 3D printers accomplish this task by using acetone cloud chambers, multi-axis enamel jets and agitating chemical baths.
However, you don’t have to have that kind of expensive equipment to finish 3D printed projects. Because every print material requires slightly different finishing techniques, we list down common finishing techniques:
Even though 3D printers are constantly becoming better, there are still all kinds of printing errors that can occur. Some helpful finishing tools are:
Cutting and removing sections including the removal of supports, brims, and rafts from your 3D print. Includes special coating to prevent plastic from sticking to the tip.
Great for clearing small holes and features or for detailed layer refinements in hard to reach places. Includes special coating to prevent plastic from sticking to the tip.
Perfect to remove stringing and imperfections from inside holes or recesses. Can also be used to blend surfaces. Includes special coating to prevent plastic from sticking to the tip.
General purpose tip for larger internal features and holes. Can even be used for making holes after printing! Includes special coating to prevent plastic from sticking to the tip.
Hard plastic like ABS is the easiest, and can quite often be finished off without conventional sanding.
Polishing compounds are used to remove dull oxidized film and light imperfections on metals and plastics. This hard compound is applied with cloth or felt polishing accessories and nylon bristle brushes.
We listed below steps to help you polish:
Polishing takes too much of your time and you prefer getting a new 3D printed product instead?