How to finish your 3D prints

With these tips you can remove support material after 3D printing

3D printing is a special technology that has opened up a world. This is also the case in the medical sector. Via a 3D printer, companies are able to print prostheses tailored to one person for the optimal fit. As this is not a series production, hand polishing is an important but time consuming step of the finish. In this blog post you can read how to best approach this.

Remove excess uprights with a polisher

The purpose of this operation is to remove the excess material. Start by using the Espert 500, lubricate the Tungsten carbide cutter with an Accu-Lube stick. This ensures that the cutter remains cooled during polishing, which is better for its life. Then you mill the uprights away.

In the next step you will use a ceramic sanding belt (product code: 340026). Ceramic sanding belts have a long service life when machining titanium workpieces. For a nice result, polish the surface with polishing paste. The more steps you take, the better the end result. For an optimal result, you adjust the different steps of the process to the material of your workpiece.

It is important to polish the workpiece after each processing step with a cleaning fluid and a polishing cloth. When you have finished polishing, you can clean the workpiece in an ultrasonic cleaning tank.

Would you rather watch a video? In that case you can also watch the video below; here you see the steps performed above.

3d print finish comparison