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Smooth Your 3D Prints in No Time with Finissage 1069 from SLS 3D

by • March 16, 2016 • No Comments

Finissage fillerTime to talk of equiteone’s favourite topic – finishing 3D prints! I understand a few individuals who, unfamiliar with 3D printing, ponder that the perfectly smooth, polished-looking figurines and other objects they’ve seen online just popped out of the 3D printing device like that – if just, right? Some individuals love finishing, others hate it, but no one can deny that it can be a lot of work to remove those assist materials, smooth out those rocky edges, fill in those lines, and manufacture those prints all shiny and flawless-looking. A lot of tools are involved, too: the knives, the sandpaper, the glues, and, of course, the solvents.

There are all sorts of solvents that can be utilized to smooth the surface of a 3D print: acetone, butanone, tetrahydrofuran, and other toxic chemicals (that can now be safely recycled!); there are in addition the solutions created specifically for 3D prints, such as XTC-3D. Now UK-based SLS 3D has created a new finishing material you may want to check out. Finissage 1069 is a satisfactory grain paste created of alkyd resins and nitrocellulose, and according to SLS 3D, it’s astonishingly
effortless to use.

sls3dBecause Finissage 1069 is resin-based, it adheres to prints – both ABS and PLA – quite well and dries rapidly. It is incredibly inexpensive
at £4.99 for a 180g tube. A little bit goes a long way, too, according to SLS 3D Development Manager Eve Parker, who tested the filler out herself and reviewed it on SLS 3D’s blog. She utilized it to smooth out the base of a vase, that was looking a bit rocky with a few deep grooves and print lines. Her initially layer dried inside 15 minutes; after sanding it with a satisfactory grain sandpaper, she introduced another layer to smooth it out additional. This turned out to be way additional than adequate, but after a few additional sanding, she had a mirror-smooth finish.

F9“Now my base is astonishingly
smooth and eager to finish with paint or lacquer. Finissage is resin based that allows for it to adhere easily to any surface without crumbling or cracking,” says Parker. “I’ve learnt of this exercise that you just require the smallest amount of filler, the advantageous I get at applying the filler, the sooner I can the get the smooth finish I want. Other than that it is effortless to use and to sand, actually for a novice to complete a pro looking finish.”

Finissage has a leading convenience factor in its effortless application and swift drying time, and it’s sold in just one part as opposed to your typical two-part epoxy fillers. It is yet in the pre-order stage, but is expected to ship this month of SLS 3D, that is a brand new company whose website just went live last month. Whilst they’re obviously just getting started, they have aleager set themselves up as a reseller for a few talked about brands like Mass Portal’s Pharaoh 3D printing devices, Polymanufacturer’s filaments, and Agisoft PhotoScan scanning software. In addition to Finissage, SLS 3D in addition offers a few of its own accessories, such as a nozzle cleaning kit. In June they can be releasing their own 3D scanner, the SLS X400, and the company promises that additional 3D printing and scanning accessories can be coming soon. Keep an eye out for additional developments of this new company, and in the meantime, why not donate Finissage a try? You can never have too most great finishing tools. What are your thoughts on this information? Discuss in the Finishing 3D Prints forum over at 3DPB.com.