Smoothing 3D Printed Parts
Smoothing 3D Prints can be challenging depending on what material you are trying to smooth. 3D metal prints are considered to be the most challenging of all materials, however, this can be accomplished quite easily by selecting the right abrasive.
The main and most important way to determine what a customers expectations are for smoothing 3D prints is to run free trial processing on customer supplied parts. We have found it best to work with a combination of medias to properly smooth a parts surface. The harder the substrate the harder blasting media we use to hammer and smooth the part surface.
When you smooth prints, roll edges or diminish tolerances, it isn’t something to worry with since the flow based nature of the vapor hone helps roll the abrasives across the surface. This smoothing operation for metal prints can hit all angles and properly roll out those larger peaks from printing.