One of the most forgotten and overlooked processes of 3D printing is the post-processing of 3D printed objects. Where 3D printing in the past was focused mostly on prototyping, there is now a shift to production of end parts, say it for the consumer market but as well for industrial grade machinery and products. Therefore the look and feel of 3D prints becomes progressively more important. Hence the request for companies to jump in the post-processing of 3D printed parts.
Almost every part printed on a 3D printer requires some kind of post-processing. From just sanding down some edges, removing support up to full body work with primers and coating. In short we can name post-processing of 3D prints every step or process that is needed on a 3D printed part to further enhance the 3D print.
It’s not always needed to have extensive post-processing, in numerous cases the printed part is already useable. For example parts that aren’t visible when used, simple parts or printed in very high quality.
There are endless post-processing techniques. Depending on the filament used, quality of the print, the desired end result, the type of print, etc., you can go endless ways to post-process the 3D print. We summarized some post-processing techniques below:
Flocking 3D printed parts
Hydro dipping 3D printed parts