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Title:3D Printing Finishing Techniques
Author(s):Hauger, Kevin Joseph
Contributor(s):Rindfleisch, Aric
Subject(s):Fine and Applied Arts
3D Printing
Finishing Techniques
Industrial Design
Model Making
Abstract:3D printing is revolutionizing the speed and ability to bring products to the market. Although 3D printing has spurred a number of innovations, it still has many limitations versus traditional manufacturing processes. Probably one of the biggest benefits in 3D printing remains to be the cost effective aspect, which remains significantly lower than common manufacturing processes such as injection molding. 3D printing allows one to prototype products without investing a lot of money in final molds needed for large production quantities at an injection molding facility. With that being said, the benefits of injection-molded plastics include the appearance of a much smoother and cleaner finish compared to 3D prints. In order to more accurately represent 3D print prototypes before having a product injection molded, I will experiment with a number of ways to finish 3D prints to make their appearance similar to and possibly even better than traditional injection-molded plastic. Using XTC-3D, Never Wet, Tetrahydrofuran, Dichloromethane, Ethyl Acetate, Bondo, Plasti Dip, a variety of paints and primers, and possibly a few more chemicals or processes I will finish multiples of the same 3D printed object to compare ease of finishing, process times, and finishing results.
Issue Date:2015-05
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Kevin Joseph Hauger.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-05-20

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