Poor Man’s 3D Printing: Finishing

By on May 25th, 2010 in Ideas


You’ve obtained or made a 3D model and printed it on a 3D print service or perhaps your own 3D printer. Now the question is, “how can I finish it at low cost?” While there are several professional commercial finishing services, they’re quite expensive and don’t fit the theme here. There are only two reasonable options: 
  • Print an object that doesn’t require finishing by choosing an appropriate material and color. Select an object type that doesn’t require a precision surface to avoid polishing.
  • Do It Yourself. That’s right, roll up your sleeves and do the finishing by hand. You’ll need sandpaper and knives to bring the surface to the desired state. You’ll need a selection of appropriate paints to colorize your model. Optional Approach: have an interested child do the painting for you. If they do a good job, they might do it just for the fun.
This article is part of a short series on Poor Man’s 3D Printing. You might also want to read The Print and The Design

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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