An interesting new service popped up this month: First Surface. According to their website:
First Surface delivers innovative precision surface finishing services using a proprietary Micro Machining Process (MMP). Working from its own treatment labs, First Surface is poised to provide manufacturers with custom finishes to meet their specifications.
First Surface has an exclusive license in the UK to provide the Swiss company BEST in CLASS's proprietary deburring/polishing method known as the Micro MachiningProcess (MMP). MMP is a physical-catalyst surface treatment applied to items placed inside a treatment tank.
In other words, the 3D Printing process could look like this:
- Obtain design using 3D Modeling Software, 3D Scan or 3D repository
- Print design using 3D printer or 3D print service
- Finish the object yourself … or use a service like First Surface!
We suspect their service is priced out of range for hobbyists (and it's only available from the UK), but the idea is interesting and we wonder whether there could be a market for finishing services? Perhaps a finishing service could pair up with the 3D print services to provide a variety of finishing approaches.
Via First Surface