Refine Big Prints with Post-Processing
Sometimes a 3D print result serves as a workpiece. Objects printed with FFF can be treated and refined in various ways, for example by improving or modifying their surfaces, and then be used as positive or negative forms for molding processes.
Smoothing and Finishing
Sanding and abrasive blasting, as well as steaming in acetone vapor, are the most common methods for finishing FFF 3D printed objects. This allows for the creation of prototypes that adequately convey the final product’s look and feel.
Smartly combining design or construction and finishing produces usable and aesthetically sophisticated products.
Various coating methods help create true-to-the-design prototypes out of 3D printed objects. Coatings can also improve functional characteristics such as firmness, temperature resistance and adhesiveness.
Molding and Casting
3D printing, and especially large-scale 3D printing, is an ideal tool for manufacturing positives for molds and casts. Injection molding, silicone molding, and composite molding are the most commonly used techniques.
The BigRep ONE provides cost-efficient technology to the production of molds for large-scale prototyping and production processes.