Finishing techniques for your 3D printed objects
Molding, slicing, printing. These are the 3 main steps for the creation of 3D printed objects but actually there is another step that sometimes 3D printing aficionados forget and that is also truly important: the finishing of the final object.
It’s ok to to be excited with the mechanical features of your printing but it’s also true that in most cases a good surface treatment can improve a lot the final 3D printed object, no matter if it is for personal use or for professional goals such as prototypes.
A good finishing process can help you in many ways, whether you want to smooth the surface a little, make your object look sharper or even making your 3D printed object look like something created from common materials.
Here’s 3 of the most common finishing techniques used on 3D printed objects that you can try at home to start testing your Craft skills:
1. Acetone finishing
This one is used in ABS parts and is really cool if you want your 3D printed object to look super shiny and smooth, like a ceramic finish. Check this Daft Punk made by Jacob on our Forum. It looks great, don’t you think?
To make your 3D printed object look shiny and more real, it’s a great idea to apply varnish on the surface. On this example you can find a great T-Rex made by our friend Dániel. He applied black satin water based varnish/lacker on the object and then he have applied silver wax onto the the surface with fingers.
Painting your 3D printed object can be a great idea to improve the final result.
Acrylic painting is a good choice to avoid damage your printing. If you are new to this craft area, a matt painting is good to hide some imperfections you may face while painting it.