Display Part Finishing Solutions-

Apply high-quality and life-like characteristics to your 3D printed models through the process of painting. 




3D Printing - Display Part Finishing Solutions - Painting 

Create amazing and highly precise finishing applications for your 3D printed models, functional prototypes and end-use parts through different painting processes. Tough, production-grade thermoplastic models, which are built with FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology require an extra step of sanding and grading. Once the outer layer is smooth, you may then begin adding paint. 
Polyjet 3D printed materials are more accepting to paint and rarely require polishing (as a finishing touch). 

How it works 

Painting FDM Parts

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) parts are often considered to be ideal for prototyping, research and non–visible production applications, but it is commonly believed that FDM parts cannot be finished to the level required for models that will photographed or displayed or be visible production parts. FDM technology is an additive manufacturing process that builds plastic parts layer–by–layer, using data from CAD files. FDM parts can be finished and painted to meet the cosmetic requirements for virtually any application. This means that it is now possible to take advantage of the cost savings, design freedoms and lead time advantages provided by FDM in a wide range of new applications.

Painting PolyJet Models

When you need a high–quality product that represents your end product as accurately and flawlessly as possible, nothing comes close to PolyJet 3D printing technology. Precise Objet 3D printed models are built up from layers so thin that they cannot be detected by the naked eye, giving them smooth, flawless surfaces that are easily taken for an end product.

PolyJet models can be painted or decorated as soon as they are printed, with no preparation or polishing necessary. With off–the–shelf acrylic paints and lacquers and a bit of skill, you can achieve true product realism for concept modeling. Base important decisions about your end products on accurate, unambiguous and compelling interaction with near–real products.

Detailed painting

This application note is a guide for Stratasys 3D Printing Systems' users on how to enhance the detail, color and creativity of their FullCure models by applying special painting techniques.

Creating lifelike characteristics with accentuated, detailed features on printed FullCure models requires basic artistic skills and materials. A combination of various painting and dyeing techniques can be used to create the illusion of different material properties. These techniques can be applied to any FullCure model or assembly.

The examples detailed in this application note were applied to models created by Legacy Effects for Microsoft’s Halo 3 marketing campaign. The photos capture models that were printed in FullCure model materials and custom painted to emphasize the look of battle scarred armor, as well as weatherworn leather, flesh and fur.

The Proto3000 Advantage

Create highly precise FDM parts or functional prototypes with our lineup of Stratasys Production 3D Printers. The Proto3000 manufacturing facility is equipped for mass finishing processes. Call the Proto3000 Services Team NOW for your display part finishing projects. 
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The Technology Used for Our 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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