I’m watching a fascinating video showing an unusual technique for smoothing FFF 3D prints.
3D Systems announced a very interesting jewelry 3D printer, the ProJet MJP 2500W.
Formlabs announced a set of finishing tools that could be very useful for anyone 3D printing.
Stratasys and DyeMansion announced a new strategic alliance that combines capabilities to provide an end-to-end full color additive manufacturing workflow.
SLS and MJF 3D printed parts have new options for finish and color.
Additive manufacturing (AM) can now produce high-quality parts in metal alloys.
This week’s selection is “Painting and Finishing Techniques” by Gary Edmundson.
This week’s selection is “Essential Skills for Scale Modelers” by Aaron Skinner.
LumiLor is an electroluminescent paint that emits light via an electric current, just the thing for amazing 3D prints.
Some thoughts about the ongoing dilemma of obtaining good surface quality on production parts made using additive manufacturing.
An Austrian company has developed an incredibly sophisticated end-to-end automation system for metal 3D print post processing.
A post-processing supplier expands to Japan, illustrating the dramatically increasing interest in post-processing equipment for 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
What is the best way to set up additive manufacturing jobs to ensure production finishing can take place?
Rapid Direct is a growing manufacturing service based in Asia. We took a closer look at the many fabrication services they offer.
Quill Vogue offers a comprehensive line of 3D print post-processing solutions for FDM, SLS, SLM, PolyJet and ProJet additive manufacturing processes.
As the 3D printing space continues to transform into something that fits into industrial factory settings, we’ve seen materials expand, systems improve, and a trend toward automation. What has so far seemed to be the missing piece is an equal improvement in post-processing technologies.
A new company, Pulvermeister GmbH, has produced a prototype of a 3D print post-processing device.
The future is bright — and brightly colored — for post-processing 3D prints.
Shapeways announced several new post printing options, and I think this is a very interesting development.
We can always depend on industrial designer Eric Strebel to put a ton of effort into every project he makes
There is a problem that I see unfolding everyday.
From their name, you’d figure that DyeMansion has something to do with coloration, and you’d be right.
An interesting technique used by some Ultimaker users could put a better finish on your 3D printed parts.
Coobx has announced a fascinating new 3D printer accessory, the LIFTcell, which provides a significant amount of automation.
When some 3D prints are completed, they are painted; others are dyed.
While wandering the aisles of Solidworks World earlier this week, I came upon a vendor whom I’d spoken with many times previously, and they had some equipment that gave me an idea.
If there’s one dirty secret of 3D printing, it’s the post-printing experience.
Rize3D has published a report detailing the often forgotten costs associated with 3D printing that occur AFTER the print is complete.
This week’s selection is the realistic 3D printed Mars Replica by Instructables contributor grayst.
Commonly used to seamlessly join dissimilar materials with different melting points, friction welding has been used to manufacture everything from airplane parts and rocket thruster tanks to even space shuttles and the razor-thin iMac.
Monocolor 3D prints are so dull-looking; that’s why many people paint or finish them. But what if you could do so with the world’s darkest material?
3D printing is just one method of making things, and it’s best exploited when combined with other techniques. But a new approach from designer Janne Kyttanen could blow you away!
Along with prosthetics, prototypes, jewelry and other increasingly common usage scenarios for 3D printing is one that was discovered years ago but hasn’t seem to grow as much: land models.
MODIFI3D is a set of excellent tools for finishing your 3D prints.
Startup BioInspiration launched their line of biodegradable 3D printer filaments on Kickstarter a while ago, but now they’ve figured out how to repaint objects printed with their materials.
We got dirty with XTC-3D, a 3D print smoothing resin. The results are very shiny.
Hong Kong-based ToyZeroPlus provides amazingly high-quality 3D replicas of scanned faces.
For years hobbyists have been smoothing their ABS plastic 3D prints with acetone vapor, but PLA has had no solution. A video shows a potentially useful method using PVC pipe cleaner.
Wired reports on a potential method of coloring complex 3D prints: hydrographic painting. But is it really feasible?
Tired of plain plastic 3D prints? A new device can electroplate your prints in metal: The Orbit1.
Remember the Magic Box? The one that automatically smooths your ABS prints? It’s almost ready for shipping.
What’s a 3D print cleaner and why would I need one?
A new product has launched that could make finishing 3D prints a great deal easier.
German designer Guido Mandorf presents a very good tutorial on painting printed 3D models on i.Materialise.
Research on aluminum 3D printing has discovered ways to potentially lower operational costs.
Tired of endless hours of sanding your rough 3D prints? There is a better way to make your 3D prints smooth: XTC-3D.
3DDC’s “Metalise It” process could provide relatively strong parts for a lot less expense than printing in metal.
Every once in a while you bump into an incredible 3D print. We did and we wanted to make it, too. Thus began our Winged Victory Project.
Matthew Gorton of PrintedSolid seems to have found a way to smooth PLA prints.
We’re looking at a company whose entire focus is post-processing equipment and services for 3D printing: Postprocess Technologies.
The world of 3D printing continues to expand and specialize: Now there’s a 3D print service dedicated to artistic works: PrintaBit.
You know how to paint your 3D prints? Just spray ‘em! Nope – there’s a much better way we found at Redicubricks.
3D printing newbies often complain about the supposedly unsightly layer lines that are often quite visible on coarsely-printed objects. Now there’s a safer way to get rid of them.
Most people who own a 3D printer are content when they pull the print out and admire it. But there’s much more that can be done.
Finally Makeraser is available for purchase, having launched on Kickstarter this week. It’s not a 3D printer, but everyone who owns a 3D printer should certainly get one. It’s a multi-use accessory that leverages acetone’s peculiar property of dissolving ABS plastic. In the past we’ve seen various attempts to use acetone to smooth ABS… Continue reading Makeraser’s Smooth Launch
During 3D Printshow 2013 we spent some time with Cosmo Wenman, the fellow who has captured 3D scans of numerous famous sculptures over the past year. But it’s what he does with the scans afterwards that is so much more interesting. Wenman 3D prints the sculptures on his aging yet still reliable MakerBot Replicator… Continue reading Cosmo’s Patina Kit
A new startup offers something called “The Makeraser”. It’s a handheld tool that can smooth your unattractive visibly-layered 3D prints into beautiful smooth objects. Current technology for smoothing ABS 3D prints involves suspiciously dangerous acetone vapor chambers or massively expensive commercial smoothing devices. That, or you spend many hours with sandpaper. The Makeraser hopes… Continue reading The Makeraser Smooths 3D Prints
Bracken Dawson and James Bruton of So Make It, the Southampton Makerspace, demonstrate the acetone smoothing technique for ABS prints in a recent video. The technique is well-known, but can be tricky and is also potentially dangerous if you’re not careful. Nevertheless, the duo walk you through the acetone process, demonstrating issues such as… Continue reading Watch: 3D Print Smoothing with Acetone
A new product from startup 3D Customization hopes to simplify the difficult process of smoothing ABS 3D prints with a new smoothing device: The Touch Up. The Touch Up uses the acetone process, which we feel can be dangerous if not done properly. Acetone is a colorless, highly flammable substance. The acetone smoothing process… Continue reading Inexpensive 3D Print Smoothing with the Touch Up
If you’re 3D printing with plastic filament, you’ll be familiar with the layered effect, where progressive extrusions accumulate into an object. The object has the correct shape, but has unsightly ridges. What to do? You can eliminate ridges with the Acetone technique, but it’s relatively dangerous, as acetone is flammable and generally not very… Continue reading Hands On With The FinishingTouch Smoothing Station
We had a brief encounter with Alexander Lobovsky, P.E., who is a partner with United Materials Technologies of New Jersey. Lobovsky’s company is developing a new method for smoothing 3D metal prints. The problem with metal 3D prints is the same as plastic: printing by layer causes visible ridges on the object. These can… Continue reading UMT Develops 3D Printing Metal Smoothing Technology
Stratasys has released a video detailing some of their secret (well, maybe not so secret) finishing processes. The video shows various tumbling media machines that operate similar to rock polishing tumblers – an object is tossed around within a bath of rough media. Gradually the objects become smooth after a relatively short period in the… Continue reading Stratasys’s Finishing Secrets
We’ve written previously about a method to create a perfectly smooth (even shiny) surface finish on your ABS plastic 3D prints, but one wonders whether the same can be done on PLA 3D prints. ABS plastic is dissolved by Acetone, so a typical approach is to (CAREFULLY AND SAFELY) dip your ABS object into… Continue reading Perfectly Smooth PLA 3D Prints?
We’ve seen countless startup 3D printer companies launch crowd funding campaigns in the past year. Now we’re seeing a plethora of 3D printing accessory devices sprout from the minds of world’s entrepreneurs. Today’s 3D print accessory is the 3D Refiner. 3D Prints Express’s 3D Refiner attempts to solve one of the banes of early… Continue reading A 3D Print Refiner
While on our recent visit to Shapeways in Queen’s, NYC, we noticed vats of color dyes. Why color dyes? It’s all in the finishing. Some people expect “finished” objects to emerge from their 3D printer, but in fact they often require “finishing”, which might be simply removing excess plastic material created during printing or… Continue reading Dyeing At Shapeways
After the initial thrill of seeing a 3D print emerge from thin air, 3D print newbies often notice the layering effect. This is, of course, caused by the gradual deposition of plastic layers during the build process. Depending on the layer resolution selected for print, these layers could be very visible, or not. The… Continue reading Perfectly Smooth Your 3D Prints – But Be Careful!
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: … Continue reading Poor Man’s 3D Printing: Finishing
Swiss-based BESTinCLASS, developers of the very cool Micro-Machining Process (MMP), have come to terms with EOS, makers of laser-sintering equipment for exclusive use of MMP in the UK. We’re a little puzzled, since we heard earlier that BESTinCLASS had awarded exclusivity to First Surface. Nevertheless, we believe this finishing process is quite interesting. The process… Continue reading Micro-Machining Process
We ran across an interesting service that provides post-print finishing services, specifically in metal. According to their “about”: 3DDC is the first European company to set up a metal coating facility specifically for products that have been produced using rapid prototyping (RP) and rapid manufacturing (RM) technologies. The Metalise™ it… process was developed by AT-3D… Continue reading Finish it with Metal
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. And First Surface has an… Continue reading First Surface