Surface Finishing of 3D Printed Polymers Parts
Processing of 3D printed parts, manufactured via Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Stereolithography (SLA) or Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) to improve the surface appearance and smoothing can be challenging. These parts tend to have a textured surface and require improvement of surface roughness. In order to improve the appearance, surface roughness and mechanical properties of additive manufactured parts, post processing remains an important factor.
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The aim of this project was to smooth the surface finish on this Polymer 3D printed component. We achieved this with a one-stage process, using the ActOn Vibratory Finishing bowl and a mix of abrasive media, a concentrated compound designed for cleaning and polishing and water. The total process time took approx. 480 min. which was less than what the customer expected. The process delivered a smooth finish while the dimensional integrity of the part was maintained.