Finishing/ Post-print work

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Finishing/ Post-print work

Postby shippo0708 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:43 am

Well I've heard that you can use Acetone to smooth out your print (assuming its PLA i think)

But what are some other ways to "finish" your print? by finish i mean smooth out rough spots, round out surfaces, etc
Ill also index the different methods on the top post for easy viewing
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Re: Finishing/ Post-print work

Postby abobotek » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:10 pm

Heat (as in heat guns), abrasive action, cutting, and solvents come to mind. It's plastic!
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Re: Finishing/ Post-print work

Postby roller » Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:18 am

Ah, no! PLA and acetone shouldn't meet if you want your prints to look nice. Sanding/polishing is the best way to improve the finishes on PLA. Acetone and MEK is good for smoothing ABS and even strengthening the bonds between layers but PLA will melt a little then end up crispy and brittle.

Beyond sanding and polishing some use fillers to smooth the lines in prints.
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Re: Finishing/ Post-print work

Postby shippo0708 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:54 am

Well thats unfortunate about PLA and acetone lol, would explain why i never got anywhere in polishing it up
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