Find the finish that suits the best for your 3D print

Here you will find plenty of information to help you choose the best finish for your 3D-printed object.

You will learn the following :


Which finish for your 3D prints

3D-printing is usually considered as a great technology for ready-to-use object, but for many projects, an additional treatment of the surface or the part is needed to reach the desired rendering. To learn more about available finishes at Sculpteo and when to use them or to get good tips from our team for the different steps post-3D-printing, you can refer to the following documents.

Smoothing Beautifier

Smoothing beautifier process

After a long period of research, Sculpteo has developed a brand new patented process to smooth laser sintered plastics. This is the best quality you can get for your 3D printed parts.

Polishing

Polishing

Whenever you want to get a better surface for a technical purpose by reducing the friction or just to make the 3d-printed part look better, you'll need to have a look at our polishing options.

Varnishing

Varnishing

Powder-based 3D printing technologies produce great objects with a slightly granular surface. Use our varnish finish to make the part shine, the colors pop and get a better surface.

Dyeing

Dyeing

Laser-sintered plastic suits for many different purposes and for that reason we found a way to dye it and offer it in a wide range of colors. Discover how we dye your 3D prints.

Painting

Painting

You think tinting is cool but you'd like to have a very specific color for your 3D-printed object? Then choose the painting finish which guarantees a better rendering and a good sustainability.

Plating

Plating

You can apply nickel plating or gold plating on your metal parts printed with  Steel / Bronze 420SS/BR material. It is perfectly suited for turning your precious metals into jewelry with great looking surface.

Color Touch 

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With this dyeing finishing your 3D printed part gets a satin look. Color Touch finish withstands daily handling and is the perfect finish for parts that are exposed to external conditions, scratching and rubbing.

Color Resist

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This dyeing finish gives your 3D parts a matte look. Color Resist finish also resists friction and allows a more consistent color between different production batches.

Finishing tutorials

If you have enough time, you can do a lot of post-processing on your 3D-prints at home. We have developed custom DIY tutorials to help you finishing your 3D-printed object. If you're looking for tips from our production team, we invite you to take a look at the following documents.

How to paint your 3D-printed parts

DIY tutorial about Painting

This tutorial explains to you how to turn three 3D printed sample-objects using ABS, Polyamide and Resin materials, into parts that look like something you could perfectly have found boxed at your nearest retail store.

How to polish your translucent 3D prints

DIY tutorial about Polishing

This tutorial is dedicated to DIY tips to polish your 3D printed parts made in translucent polyjet resin.  No need to be a superhero or even a super-skilled maker. This tutorial can be easily made at home.


Finition comparison

Here you will find a comparison of our finishing options. Unless otherwise noted, all dimensions are shown in millimeters (10 mm = 0.3937 in).


Finish Polishing Varnishing Dyeing Painting Smoothing Beautifier
Materials White and colored Nylon
Alumide
CLIP Resin
Sterling Silver
Multicolor/sandstone
Plastic (on demand)
Raw or Polished Plastic
Alumide
White Plastic
Polyjet resin
White Plastic
Number of options - Mechanical polishing for Plastic, Alumide & Metals
- Hand polishing for Metals & CLIP resins  
2 finishes available
- Matte
- Shinny
9 colors available
- Yellow
- Orange
- Pink
- Red
- Blue
- Green
- Beige
- Brown
- Black
14 colors available for resins
- Black
- Mouse Grey
- White
- Yellow
- Red
- Blue
- Green
- Purple
- Orange
- Pink
- Beige
- Metal Grey
- Gold
- Silver
NA
Max. size
Colored Plastic: 220×220×180
Solid grey Plastic: 300x220x190
White Plastic: 300×220×200 & x+y+z ≤ 540
Alumide: 300x220x190
CLIP Resins: 304x 81x144
Sterling Silver: 100x80x60

NA

 180×220×220   NA  140x120x90
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The above information is non contractual, It is guidelines only. It is your responsibility to ensure that your model is correct before printing. To learn more, please refer to our materials pages .