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PolySmooth and Polysher take the edge(s) off 3D printing

by • April 24, 2016 • No Comments

Whilst individuals are understandably rather excited of what can be done with consumer 3D printing devices, one thing has to be admitted – the objects made by many of those printing devices tend to have a pretty rocky, layered appear to them. Polishing them by hand is one version, but Chinese startup Polymaker is now offering an alternative: a new printing material that fundamentally “self-polishes” when placed in an accompanying machine.

The material is known as PolySmooth, and it incorporates poly(vinyl butyral) or PVB as its base. It comes in spools only like other 3D printing device plastics, and can be utilized normally in rather much any third-party printing device.

When items are initially printed of PolySmooth, they’ll yet have the successive ridges common to other print materials, as a outcome of the object being created up layer by layer. That’ll alter, yet, once they’re placed in the Polysher.

Making use of a created-in nebulizer, it disperses a satisfactory mist of isopropyl alcohol or ethanol inside its sealed chamber. Droplets of the alcohol get into all the nooks and crannies of the printed item, where they react with the PVB, causing the quite surface of it to melt. As a outcome, the ridges are melted away, while the object’s basic appearance remains intact.

Polymaker is now raising production funds for PolySmooth and the Polysher on Kickstarter, where it has exceeded its funding goal. A pledge of US$229 can already get you a Polysher with a spool of PolySmooth (your choice of color), that should be delivered in September if all goes according to plans.

Source: Kickstarter


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