Now, Smoother Finishes — at No Extra Cost

Shapeways Blog

Results with the existing finishing technique, left, and the new, improved polishing process, right (pictured: Bracelet Bluups Origami R by Bluups ). One of the biggest constants for our community (and anyone using 3D printing) is the desire for smoother finishes on your products.

How to Finish Your PLA Prints – Easy Techniques

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Fortunately, there are several ways for you to achieve a smooth finish in your PLA print. Depending on how much time and effort you’re willing to spend on the finishing process, it’s possible to get finish quality ranging from mere removal of layer lines to a glossy, glass-like surface. What is PLA and why do you need to finish a PLA print? PLA finishing methods. This means that the finishing techniques for PLA are a little more involved.

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This is cool — Michael Mueller’s Premium Strong & Flexible 3D printed glasses

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Michael recently shared his Premium Strong & Flexible glasses on Facebook, and we are super excited to share his results with you: Look at that sheen! At the living henge, the finish is particularly smooth and sleek. Michael fitted his own lenses into the glasses.

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Behind the Product: Glass Vase Mold

Shapeways Blog

Tim’s creativity and capacity to bring together 3D printing and glassblowing has proven to be a success and this can be seen in his newest work of 3D printed steel molds used to create hand blown glass vases. Are others in the glass community using 3D printing?

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PLA on glass


A while ago Jordan Miller emailed me to say that PLA can be printed on hot glass. I found a piece of glass the same size as HydraRaptor''s bed that was 5mm thick. As you can see ABS does not stick to glass at 140°C. glass heated bed PLA

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Made in America – Surface Finishes (IL)

Design 2 Part News

Lapping, polishing, grinding, machining – Surface Finishes a Cabot Microelectronics company. Surface Finishes, Inc. Since 1949, Surface Finishes has pioneered the creation and application of industry-leading precision fabrication technology.

3D Printing and finishing the Nefertiti sculpture


This is simply about printing a great and beautiful 3D Model with standard desktop 3D printing technology, and some simple finishing tips you can use or adapt to your own requirements. BigBox Pro heated build surface with my 'glass screen-protector surface' fitted.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – Lab breakthrough in 3D printing of glass

Additive Manufacturing

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists and academic collaborators have demonstrated the synthesis of transparent glass through 3D printing, a development that could ultimately lead to altering the design and structure of lasers and other devices that incorporate optics.

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Frame Punk’s 3D Printed Glasses


Still, we wouldn''t sell the glasses printed on our own 3D printer as the quality is not good enough. There, the glasses we sell are produced by a 3D printing service company based in Munich. This company has high-end 3D printers and we can print glasses in perfect quality.

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Ensuring Superior Quality of Additive Metal Parts


As new applications and materials for additive metals are developed, post-processing capabilities have also expanded to service desired finishes and critical component features. Finishing. We also utilize surface grinders and detailed hand finishers for a mirror polish.

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Y- Finished And Toner Transfer DIY RAMPS+ PCB


I also got my parts from Mendel-Parts (Camiel) So I can finish my Dual extruder design and start experimenting with 1.75mm PLA. Screwball Strap Y Bed Forwards and Back with frosted Glass Build Area Aprox 32cm x 42cm So A quick DIY RAMPS+ PCB Shield for the MEGA.

DIY 3D Printing: Lobo 3d printer developed by Jeff Kerr

DIY 3D Printing

He will make plans for Lobo publicly available once he has finished the project. Wearable Arduino based display on 3d printed glass. DIY 3D Printing. Manufacturing revolution on your desktop. Pages. My projects. 3D design and printing software. 3d printing books and documents.

Linde Introduces Controlled CO2 Snow for Cleaning 3D-Printed Parts

Additive Manufacturing

This includes surface oxides and unfused powders that need to be removed prior to further processing or surface finishing. Vice-President of Metals, Glass & Manufacturing Industries, Linde, Americas.

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Danny van Ryswyk’s Dark Wonderland: Master Artist Shares How He Hand-Paints Polyamide 3D Prints


When the sculpture is finished I sign it and place it under an antique glass dome. Every so often, an artist comes along who pushes the boundaries of what we believe is possible.

Simple Technique to Acetone Polish your ABS Prints

DIY 3D Printing

DIY Perks YT channel published this video with very simple and effective way to acetone vapor polish ABS parts with a simple glass container. Finished parts look very good and smooth.

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Crème brûlée


This is what happened when the thermocouple fell off my heated bed: - It happened while both myself and my wife were at work so the machine finished the build. What was surprising was that the bottom layer became transparent and glass like. So glass like that I cut my finger on it.

How 3D Printing Changed The Way Artist Tim Belliveau Teaches His Students

Shapeways Blog

But after an extensive research project focusing on the different perspectives in glass making, artist and educator Tim Belliveau knew how efficient and beneficial 3D printing was to his art form. “I Tim Belliveau’s two-part mold for glass blowing, made from 3D printed bronze.

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15 Best Tools and Accessories for Your 3D Printer

3D Printing Hub

Some of these are optional, but most of the items on this list are essential if you want to be able to work with different filaments or if you want to produce high-quality 3D prints with a professional-grade finish. Signstek borosilicate glass plate.

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colorFabb XT-CF20 carbon fiber 3d printing filament

DIY 3D Printing

Dutch colorFabb just released their new carbon fiber 3d printing filament that gives new properties and deep matte black finish. GPa) / twice as stiff as PLA Moderate strain at break (8-10%), so no extreme brittle filament, butt toughness High Glass Temp. (Tg

Someone Used 3D Printing to Turn a 1987 Firebird into the Knight Rider Car

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The process took eight years and was finished with the help of 3D printing. “At At first the parts were made using glass fiber,” the men told

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Printing with Transparent Filaments: How to Get the Best Results and the Best Brands Available

3D Printing Hub

Whether you are going for a print with a metallic finish , or something that looks like it was carved out of wood or stone , the 3D printing industry has evolved quickly enough to keep up with the demands of user creativity. Perhaps a true glass filament can be developed in the near future.

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How to do Acetone Vapor Baths for Smoothing of 3D Prints

3D Printing Hub

If you want your FDM print to come out with a perfectly smooth finish, you will have to do some post-processing. Acetone vapor baths are one of the most popular and reliable ways to get a smooth finish in 3D prints. If you are working with PLA, then head on over to our detailed guide on how to finish or paint your PLA print. Vapor also has the advantage of being able to get into the smallest nooks of your model, so you always end up with a uniform finish.

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3T RPD Launches Buy-online site for plastic products

Rapid Prototyping News UK

Consumers simply upload their CAD file to the site, then select the material, colour and finishing. 3T’s online system can accept parts up to 330 x 330 x 250mm and will print in either PA2200 Nylon or glass filled Nylon.

5.5 designstudio is hacking your everyday objects with 3D printing


In France, if there is one product EVERYONE knows, it’s probably the Duralex “Picardie” glass. The glass is known to be very robust, doesn’t ask for much care and even provides some amusement. A duralex glass is the very essence of what we believe about design.

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How to make DIY ultrasonic vapor polisher for 3D printed objects

DIY 3D Printing

I do not want to have to put together a really involved setup that may be a fire hazard, fume hazard, or something that produces unpredictable surface finishes. This airflow keeps the air moving inside the finishing chamber, which helps produce a consistent finish on the part.

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What Material Should I Use For 3D Printing? – Advanced Materials Review #3 – ABS+ from Trideus

3D Printing for Beginners

But what amazed me most with the ABS+ was the quality of the finished prints. The finished parts printed with the “Cunning clear ABS+” are, depending on your infill setting, translucent (but not transparent) or “natural clear” (i.e. Great finish (nylon like).

Applications of CNC Machining in the Automotive Industry

3E Rapid Prototyping

The tool turns a block of material into a finished product by cutting it in the appropriate places, and can provide much greater accuracy than conventional machining. In some form or other, cars have existed since the nineteenth century.

This Eyewear Is Set to Change How You See: Yuniku


If you wear glasses, you know that finding the right frames can be a challenge, to say the least. The style and fit of your frames determine the angle and size of your lenses and the distance they are set from your eyes, all of which could affect the visual performance of your glasses.

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How to Store 3D Printing Filament – A Simple, Quick and Cheap Way to Keep Your Filament Dry

3D Printing for Beginners

Just consider curing PLA, which has a so-called “ glass transition temperature ” of 60-65°C. Did you know that some of your 3D prints may have partially or completely failed just because of humidity contained in the filament you used?

You’re Invited: Join Shapeways’ HP Early Access Program Today

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Thanks to you, we’ve learned that the HP MJF printer performs well on rounded surfaces, smooth finishes, and on items requiring rigidity, density, and strength. Overall, testers have told us that HP Strong & Flexible prints “feel like finished products.”

Afinia H480 Review – Get Results Without Worrying About Technology

3D Printing for Beginners

The H480 comes with several options: FR-4 Board: the FR-4 board is a perforated, glass-reinforced epoxy laminate sheet. Note that the Afinia user manual also refers to Borofloat glass as an alternative print surface.

Delivering High Quantities of Prototypes Fast


Little to No Finishing Needs. With ready-to-use prototypes off the printer, little to no finishing needs reduces costs and delivery time. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing produces parts using a range of additive and conventional manufacturing technologies.

All About Acrylic Plastic

3D Printing Hub

It has a relatively lower impact strength (as seen in the bar graph below) but a higher impact resistance than glass. A bullet-proof “glass” is an example of such an application. Acrylic is also lighter than glass, with a density less than half that of glass. The result of that process was the creation of an acrylic sheet, which ended up separating from the glass. Glass Transition Temperature (commercial grades).

printrbot GO – compensating bed mounts


Because of the SUPER-finicky nature of the bed installation/removal process (I knocked the nylon tips out of several set screws in the process), I may switch to a smaller glass plate with only the PCB heater held in the clamps.

Formlabs at SWW18: New Engineering Materials, SLS 3D Printing, and the Future of Production

The Solidworks Blog

Ringbrothers, a designer and manufacturer of custom automotive parts, will also be at the booth showcasing their 3D printing production process for end-use parts—some of which were printed in the new glass-reinforced Rigid Resin.

RapMan 3.2: The Build Experience - Part 6

3D Printer Users

I just finished building a RapMan 3.2 While this image was taken at the 3D Systems headquarters, it is the same model that I just finished building. Now the fun REALLY begins. Calibrating and Fine Tuning the RapMan 3.2 Extreme 3D Printer. Extreme 3D Printer.

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Try This Easy 3D Printed Hack for Your Modernist Decor

Shapeways Blog

Glass in 1941 as a metal-saving wartime innovation, they quickly became mid-century modernism’s go-to (small-space-saving) finishing touch.