3D printing technology is the new trending technology that enables manufacturers to build components in limited quantities and with a lot of flexibility. However, after a part comes out of another printer, it usually needs to go through a surface finishing process, such as using an electropolishing machine, before it’s suitable to use, particularly if it’s a consumable object or a piece of plastic that will be used in hard settings.For many of the same reasons that you might use finishing methods to a product made using injection moulding or other manufacturing techniques, you might want to finish a 3D-printed part.
You might complete it by:
- Make it more appealing
- Increase its resistance to wear, corrosion, heat, and other factors to make it more durable
- Uneven surfaces should be smoothed
- Change the size and form of it
These are just a handful of the applications for surface finishing. While many of the similar reasons for using a surface finish apply to both 3D-printed and conventional parts, you must always evaluate the particular qualities of the item when selecting surface finishing technologies.
These characteristics will be influenced by the manufacturing technique you select, which may include:
- the type of material used to make your component
- Its intended purpose and the environment in which it will be used;
Surface finishing 3D-printed parts should, in fact, be a part of your design process long before you have a final product, as it can be critical to its operation.