Expanding multi-material opportunities for designers and manufacturers. Debuting at IMTS (Internation Manufacturing Technology Show) in Chicago, Stratasys has up its game once more! Introducing the Objet500 Connex1 and Objet500 Connex2 that allows designers and manufacturers more options to shape the way things are made. The new 3D printers are able to combine multiple materials and high […]
On 14th August 2014, Creatz3D, Autodesk and NextU jointly organised a seminar to share about how concept designs can be a reality in just a short period of time with 3D printing, as compared to traditional methods. 60 over keen and participants were personally invited and came for this event were left with one […]
Even a full colored print deserves the artistic finishing touches. A printed piece can be spray-painted, hand painted for added effects and glossed for the optimized realism. In any case, the first step is to always ensure the model is free of dirt, oil, dust, moisture or defects; otherwise the paint would only have attached itself to the layer of foreign material. For added effects, lightly sand the model down before applying an undercoat to achieve some surface roughness, but without compromising on the details.
Designers are often limited by the 3D printer’s build capacity. How about printing in parts to be joined together? Use quick contact adhesives, Epoxy gluing, filament welding or soldering to create beyond the build size. Read more!
Just like any end product, a smooth to touch surface is preferred over an uneven feel. Time to polish those diamonds in the rough! Wet sanding is recommended and always ensure that part is fully dry before applying paint or lacquer coating. Enthusiastic craftsman would even go to the extent of applying Autosol or Metasol for finishing off their sanding process.
PolyJet 3D printed models generally have a smooth surfaces and fine feature details direct from the printer, and readily accept off-the-shelf acrylic spray paints and lacquers.