Finishing the Dutch Lions
To finish off a 3D object might not be necessary for most industrial components, but for some consumer goods, prototypes and other items that will be on display, you want your product to be as aesthetically appealing as possible. For example, adding color, shades, or creating an illusional appearance such as a stone-like look. Or even choosing to apply a different surface structure. This is why customers often ask us about the best way to finish off their 3d print.
We like to be honest on this topic. Thinking that a 3D print leaves the printer looking completely perfect, is a misconception. When the 3D printed object serves as an autonomous statue or is part of a visual communication concept, it will need extra attention to add the desired characteristics.
Since we are a 3D printer manufacturer and not a designer company, we do not have a wide range of finishing equipment available. For this reason, we are always in search of easy and quick finishing methods ourselves. To show the results of our experiences, we decided to print four identical Dutch lions and finish off only one -half of each object.