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3D Printing/Post Processing

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General Post Processing Techniques[edit | edit source]

Sanding is commonly used on 3D prints to smooth prints or remove small imperfections.[1]

Acrylic paint, model paint, nail polish, markers, and spray paint are common ways to add color to a print.[2][3]

Salt annealing and plaster annealing can give parts a unique finish, and alter strength properties of a print.[4][5] Annealing techniques may be effective to improve prints with slight warping.[6]

A 3D pen can be used on its own as seen here, but can also be used to add small details after printing.

Process Specific Techniques[edit | edit source]

Post Processing is mandatory for most SLA prints, as extra resin must be removed and desired resin must be hardened.[7][8]

Prints made with ABS plastic can be smoothed with careful application of an acetone vapor.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Mansfield Library". www.lib.umt.edu. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  2. Jalal, Rita. "Coloring 3D Printed Objects – build IT @SDSU Library". Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  3. "3D Print Customization Florida State University Libraries". www.lib.fsu.edu. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  4. "Take This 3D-Print Post-Processing Method With A Grain Of Salt". Hackaday. 27 October 2020. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  5. "Plaster Annealing 3D Prints For Strength". Hackaday. 24 September 2020. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  6. "Final Update: FFF Strength Optimization". Additive Manufacturing blog. 2165. Retrieved 29 November 2020. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. "3D Printering: Wash Parts Better And Make Solvent Last Longer". Hackaday. 6 October 2020. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  8. "customer_v2". support.formlabs.com. Retrieved 6 November 2020.