Finishing Degrees for

Laser Sintering

The right finish and color can transform a print into a product. Whether you’re looking for a functional finish for color-coded components or an aesthetic finish like soft-touch or high-gloss paint, take a look at your wide range of options here.

Standard/Unpainted Finishes

Normal

PA-AF, PA 12, PA-GF, PA 2210 FRPA 2241 FR, Polypropylene

  • Loose powder removed
  • Sandblasted

Sealing, standard

PA-AF, PA 12, PA-GF

  • Loose powder removed
  • Sandblasted
  • Treated with a sealant
  • Fills small pores
  • Results in airtight/watertight part(s)

 

Read our design guidelines about sealing

Smooth

PA 12, PA-GF

  • Loose powder removed
  • Sandblasted
  • Smoothed: Your part is mechanically polished by being put into a tumbler with pebbles that smooth your part while the tumbler vibrates at a high frequency.
    • We can only smoothen the A-side (the outside of your part), it’s not possible to completely polish the inside
    • The polishing process will take 0.1 mm of material off your part, so add extra wall thickness to avoid any problems
    • Small details and thin walls could be worn away and may even disappear
    • Edges will be rounded and your part will become less’ crisp’ once polished
    • The process is limited to parts ranging from ±30 to 200 mm

 

Read our design guidelines about smoothing

Extra Smooth

PA 12

  • Loose powder removed
  • Sandblasted
  • Smoothed: Your part is smoothed by being put into a chamber with a solvent that smoothens your part.
    • We can mainly smoothen the outside of your part, it’s possible that the inside is smoothed less.
    • The polishing process will take material off your part and requires a minimum wall thickness of 2 mm.
    • Thinner walls (1mm) could deform and small surface details may disappear.
    • Edges will be rounded and your part will become less’ crisp’ once smoothed.

Conditioned

Ultrasint PA6 MF

  • Loose powder removed
  • Sandblasted
  • Conditioned for more than 8 hours at 80 °C in an enclosed environment that has a sufficient amount of moisture inside

Color Dyed Finishes

Color Dyed

PA-AF

  • Loose powder removed
  • Sandblasted
  • Dyed: Your part is submerged in a bath containing color pigment
    • Color variation may occur due to the production process. Because of the unique nature of this production process regarding parameters, building position, and light deflection, this can cause variation in the intensity of the colors.

Color Dyed

PA 12, PA-GF

  • Loose powder removed
  • Sandblasted
  • Dyed: Your part is submerged in a bath containing color pigment
    • Color variation may occur due to the production process. Because of the unique nature of this production process regarding parameters, building position, and light deflection, this can cause variation in the intensity of the colors.

Smooth + Color Dyed

PA 12, PA-GF

  • Loose powder removed
  • Sandblasted
  • Smoothed
  • Color Dyed
    • Colors will appear lighter than on regular-dyed parts
    • Color variation may occur due to a difference in the level of smoothness (e.g. inside and inside of corners) and production processes. Because of the unique nature of this production process regarding parameters, building position, and light deflection, this can cause variation in the intensity of the colors.

Painted Finishes

Spray Paint (A/2 Side)

PA-AF, PA 12, PA-GF

  • Loose powder removed
  • Sandblasted
  • Matte paint (30% gloss) applied on the A-Side or both sides
    • Spray painted according to RAL specifications

Primer + Paint (A/2 Side) / Dead Matte

PA-AF, PA 12, PA-GF

  • Loose powder removed
  • Sandblasted
  • Polysurfacer applied on the A-Side or both sides
  • A-side or both sides are sanded with P400
  • Primer paint applied on the A-Side or both sides (light gray)
  • A-side or both sides are sanded (wet) with P800
  • Dead matte paint (10% gloss) applied to the A-side or both sides
    • Painted according to RAL specifications

Primer + Paint (A/2 Side) / Matte

PA-AF, PA 12, PA-GF

  • Loose powder removed
  • Sandblasted
  • Polysurfacer applied on the A-Side or both sides
  • A-side or both sides are sanded with P400
  • Primer paint applied on the A-Side or both sides (light gray)
  • A-side or both sides are sanded (wet) with P800
  • Matte paint (30% gloss) applied to the A-side or both sides
    • Painted according to RAL specifications

Primer + Paint (A/2 Side) / Satin

PA-AF, PA 12, PA-GF

  • Loose powder removed
  • Sandblasted
  • Polysurfacer applied on the A-Side or both sides
  • A-side or both sides are sanded with P400
  • Primer paint applied on the A-Side or both sides (light gray)
  • A-side or both sides are sanded (wet) with P800
  • Satin paint (50% gloss) applied to the A-side or both sides
    • Painted according to RAL specifications

Primer + Paint (A/2 Side) / High-Gloss

PA-AF, PA 12, PA-GF

  • Loose powder removed
  • Sandblasted
  • Polysurfacer applied on the A-Side or both sides
  • A-side or both sides are sanded with P400
  • Primer paint applied on the A-Side or both sides (light gray)
  • A-side or both sides are sanded (wet) with P800
  • High-gloss paint (90% gloss) applied to the A-side or both sides
    • Painted according to RAL specifications

Primer + Paint (A/2 Side) / Soft-Touch

PA-AF, PA 12, PA-GF

  • Loose powder removed
  • Sandblasted
  • Polysurfacer applied on the A-Side or both sides
  • A-side or both sides are sanded with P240
  • Primer paint applied on the A-Side or both sides (light gray)
  • A-side or both sides are sanded (wet) with P800
  • Soft-touch paint (transparent coating) applied to the A-side or both sides
    • Painted according to RAL specifications

Available on Demand

  • Primer Basic

  • Primer Ready to Paint (Satin, High-Gloss)

  • Primer + Paint (Texture D30/D50)

  • Color Dyed + Spray Paint

  • Smooth + Spray Paint

  • Smooth + Color Dyed + Spray Paint

  • Flocking

  • Sealing, Fuel-resistant (G8)

  • Sealing, Varnish


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