3D Printing Solutions
Display Part Finishing

Improve the appearance of your 3D printed parts.
Distinguish your prototypes from your competitors'
by using advanced tooling systems provided by Proto3000. 

 

   

 

 

3D Printing - Display Part Finishing Solutions 


Create visually appealing prototypes and enhance the look of your 3D printed parts through display parts finishing solutions proved by Proto3000. Many times injection molded products, advanced tooling applications, and durable custom devices are created mainly based on the purpose of having a functioning prototype and designers may not be required to focus on the esthetic side of the prototype. 
Some manufacturing applications lack the ability to produce visually appealing prototypes. Once the parts are 3D printed, they may be required to go through post-processing to be pleasing in terms of look and feel.


How it works 

3D Printing consists of two processing or manufacturing technologies, which are commonly used by our lineup of 3D printers at the Proto3000 manufacturing facility. The technologies used are Polyjet 3D printing and FDM (fused deposition modeling) 3D Printing. 

Polyjet 3D printing is the process in which one or more materials are used to create smooth surfaces and extremely detailed prototypes and models; however, the FDM 3D printing technology involves a rough 3D printing procedure, which needs to be sanded, drilled, glued or painted to look the part as a presentation model. 

 

The Proto3000 Advantage 

For prototypes nearly indistinguishable from injection molded products, advanced tooling applications, and durable custom devices that are pleasing in look and feel, apply some simple post-processing to your 3D printed parts. Utilize our manufacturing facility for the process of bonding, gluing, electroplating, mass finishing, painting, ​PPSF finishing, sealing FDM parts and smoothing FDM parts. 

Sealing, polishing and painting expand what your 3D printer can do. PolyJet 3D printed models have a smooth surface and fine feature details right out of the printer, and accept off-the-shelf acrylic paints and lacquers.

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology prints models in production-grade thermoplastics, so you can sand, drill, glue and paint just as you would any plastic part. Bond 3D printed parts together to grow beyond the build envelope.


Bonding and Gluing 

 

Create models that exceed the size of your 3D printer’s build envelope, or combine 3D printed parts with other components. 

For parts too large to fit on a single build, for faster job builds with less support material, or for parts with finer features, sectioning and bonding Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) parts is a great solution. There are many methods, and even more materials, for bonding FDM parts.

Contact the Proto3000 Services Team for further information on how we can help you with this solution. If you want to speak to a LIVE PERSON
- CALL 1-888-88-PROTO (77686).

Electroplating 

Electroplating deposits a thin layer of metal on the surface of a part built on a Fortus 3D Production System using the FDM process. This metal coating can be both decorative and functional. The coating gives the appearance of production metal or plated parts and provides a hard, wear-resistant surface with reflective properties. The electroplated part also has improved mechanical properties.

Contact the Proto3000 Services Team for further information on how we can help you with this solution. If you want to speak to a LIVE PERSON - CALL 1-888-88-PROTO (77686).

Mass Finishing 

Create amazing finishes by allowing us to perform expensive and time consuming processes at our facilities for you. Purchasing the necessary equipment for a mass finishing process might not be the best solution for your company; therefore, allowing us to provide you with the service will be beneficial to you by saving you time and money, so you may allocate your resources towards bigger projects.

Contact the Proto3000 Services Team for further information on how we can help you with this solution. If you want to speak to a LIVE PERSON
- CALL 1-888-88-PROTO (77686).


 

Painting 


For tough, production–grade thermoplastic parts, build with Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology. FDM parts can be sanded and painted for attractive functional prototypes and end–use parts.

Smooth and beautiful right out of the build chamber, models 3D printed with PolyJet technology accept paint with no polishing needed, to give you a prototype with the exact look and feel of the finished product.

Contact the Proto3000 Services Team for further information on how we can help you with this solution. If you want to speak to a LIVE PERSON - CALL 1-888-88-PROTO (77686).
PPSF Finishing 

PPSF (polyphenylsulfone) is a high-temperature, high-strength and chemically resistant FDM material. While ideal for demanding applications, the durability and chemical resistance make it difficult, and time consuming, to finish PPSF parts with sandpaper or solvents. When smooth surfaces are needed, the two options most often used have been hand sanding or milling. Resistant to abrasion, PPSF makes hand sanding a laborious task that can consume hours of time.

Contact the Proto3000 Services Team for further information on how we can help you with this solution. If you want to speak to a LIVE PERSON
- CALL 1-888-88-PROTO (77686).

Sealing FDM Parts 

A number of different sealing methods have been validated for FDM parts, making it possible to take advantage of the cost savings, design freedoms and lead time advantages provided by FDM in a wide range of new applications.

Contact the Proto3000 Services Team for further information on how we can help you with this solution. If you want to speak to a LIVE PERSON - CALL 1-888-88-PROTO (77686).
 
Smoothing FDM Parts 

An alternative finishing method is now available for processing FDM parts. With little labor and a short processing cycle, the Finishing Touch Smoothing Station yields prototypes, tools and end-use parts that have finishes that are ready for paint, plating or production. The Smoothing Station can provide a surface finish of 32-63 microns. 

Contact the Proto3000 Services Team for further information on how we can help you with this solution. If you want to speak to a LIVE PERSON
- CALL 1-888-88-PROTO (77686).

 

The Technology Used for Display Part Finishing Solutions 

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology 

Using FDM technology allows affordability and durability by printing concept models with production-grade thermoplastics. 
FDM 3D Printers are office friendly and they produce small models in hours and large models in days. The FDM printed models can be drilled, sanded and painted according to your preference to create a perfect finishing of your prototype. 

     

PolyJet 3D Printing Technology

As a 3D printing process, this technology produces amazingly realistic models. The printing technology builds accurate models by incorporating multiple materials into one automated part to create prototypes that look and feel like finished products. With fine details, smooth surfaces, rigid housings, soft-touch buttons, lettering, rubberlike seals and even clear components, your models can look the part at a trade show, a presentation or even during a sales pitch. 

 

 

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