Display Part Finishing Solutions-
Smoothing FDM Parts 

Utilize the Fortus Finishing Touch Smoothing Station for all your FDM 3D printed models or prototypes to create finishes
ready for painting, plating or mass production. 




3D Printing - Display Parts Finishing Solutions - Smoothing FDM Parts 

3D Printing FDM (fused deposition modeling) is an additive manufacturing application, which is growing exponentially among manufacturing businesses. FDM materials and the process is advancing fast causing 3D printing applications to be even more diverse than ever before. FDM technology has only one dilemma, which is still being tested, and that is the bridge between its functionality and aesthetic capability. FDM parts and prototypes are extremely durable and their advanced strength draws manufacturers to use it for more and more prototypes. The Fortus Finishing Touch Smoothing Station is an advanced manufacturing tool which allows for parts to be durable and tough, yet have a smooth and paint-ready surface. 

How it works 

Finishing prototypes, tooling components or end-use parts can be done in several ways, each with varying impact on lead time, expense and quality. The most common alternative is to sand a part by hand or with power tools. Overall, this works well, especially for parts of reasonable size with few features and details. But when the part includes many features, small details or deep cavities, sanding becomes laborious, time consuming and costly. Another consideration is that removing material makes dimensional accuracy a variable that changes with each individual that touches the part. 

Between sanding operations, parts may have filler or primer applied. This is a common technique when preparing a part for painting because it will deliver parts with very smooth finishes. Fillers and primers also help to preserves dimensional accuracy since depressions are filled before sanding them smooth. But this paint-ready finish comes at a cost. It takes much more time to apply multiple coats of fillers and primers and more labor to sand between each coat. This increases the lead time and the expense for the part.

Another method of smoothing parts that are made of thermoplastics is to “melt” the outer surface with a solvent. Parts may have MEK or ProWeld brushed onto their surfaces, or they can be dipped into a bath of the material. The solvent causes the plastic to liquefy, which fills in the low areas on the surface. The solvents have the added benefit of sealing a porous surface. Yet, there are some drawbacks. Small features may be distorted; cavities may not be reached; and drips will leave a visible mark. Another consideration is that drying times can be lengthy if the solvent must evaporate from deep within a porous surface.

The Proto3000 Advantage  

The Proto3000 manufacturing facility is equipped with the Fortus Production Series 3D printers to create FDM materials. Our manufacturing technicians are capable of creating high-quality FDM parts which require  different 3D printing solutions. Call the Proto3000 Services Team NOW for your display part finishing projects. Contact us 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 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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