Making prototypes look real with professional finishes
In the world of sales and marketing delivering presentations with a physical model will allow your potential customers to easily understand what your are selling and how it will be used. Finishing off your printed parts allows you to expand on what your 3D printer can do by sealing, polishing and painting your models.
FDM printed parts can be sanded, drilled, glued and painted just like any other plastic part; allowing you to assemble parts together to create full scale models.
- Painting/LacqueringnElectroplatingnBead blastingnBonding and GluingnSealing and Tempering
3D Printing Benefits
- Using a smoothing station polishes Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) parts to near injection-molded quality with minimal operator intervention.nComplex material finishes and textures can be applied with digital materials by the 3D PrinternParts can be assembled using traditional methods so testing can be applied
Case in Point
iMote created a highly accurate, life-size, 3D prototype of an innovative television remote control unit which as easily painted for realism
Bonding & Gluing
For parts too large to fit on a single build, for faster job builds with less support material, or for parts with finer features, sectioning and bonding parts is a great solution. There are many methods, and even more materials, for bonding FDM parts.
Using a 3D printer production company Legacy Effects created the iconic Iron Man suit for the movies. The suit came directly out of a 3D printer, and was then electroplated and simply finished with paint.
Sanding & Painting
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) parts can be sanded and painted for attractive functional prototypes and end–use parts.