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Polishing 3D Printing Finish

Compatible Materials

  • Nylon PA12
  • Nylon PA12 (grey)​
  • HP Jet Fusion PA12
  • Alumide
  • Nylon 3200 Glass-Filled
  • Prototyping Acrylate
  • Elastomeric Polyurethane
  • Flexible Polyurethane
  • Rigid Polyurethane
  • Steel/Bronze 420SS/BR
  • Stainless Steel 316

Polishing Guide

Description

Polishing is a process which makes the objects smoother to touch, with layers that are still somewhat visible on rounded objects. 

Process

There are a couple ways to polish an object, depending on its material and design. At Sculpteo, the technique used involves using small stones in a rotating/vibrating cauldron – as the stones brush up against the object, small imperfections in the surface are smoothed. For reference, something that is long and slim can be just as complicated as a complex object with empty cavities; even some simple shapes can be complicated to polish. This is because we need to both guard the corners and edges of the object, while polishing the flat surfaces.

All of these particularities warrant their very own engineering team at Sculpteo. They determine the appropriate abrasiveness and technology to polish your object into perfection. That optimization makes all the difference.

Delivery Time

The polishing process adds no additional business days to the turnaround time on your parts, except for economy production. This means:

  • Express Production: not available.
  • Standard production: minimum 2-3 business days for plastics, 6-8 business days for alumide.
  • Economy Production: the delivery time is not guaranteed. Your object is delivered on average within ten days for plastic. Unavailable for alumide.

The maximum size of your models are limited by the physical size of our polishing tanks – if it doesn’t fit, it can’t be used.

Maximum size polished300 x 220 x 200 mm 
x+y+z ≤ 540 mm

There is no minimum size for polyamide prints, keeping in mind minimum thickness for walls and structural aspects to ensure the object will not break is 0.8 mm.

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