Questions tagged [post-processing]

Use this tag for questions about post processing, i.e. additional methods and processes after a print has been completed.

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Curated resin size shrink (and methods to reduce it)

I've recently purchased an Elegoo Mars Pro 3D printer. I've read about that percentage of resin shapes going smaller and I understand that. But are slicers (or software which help with the joints) ...
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What kind of paint and varnish can be used with ABS?

I know that acrylic paint, the same kind that is used to paint miniature figurines, works best for PLA. Does it works on ABS pieces as well? Can I also use the same kind of varnish that is used for ...
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How to paint ABS to look like wood [closed]

I have a piece printed in white ABS, which is a half-scale replica of an unvarnished oak sculpture. After sanding off the worst of the layer lines, I'd like to paint it to get a nice wood finish. I ...
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Anyone tried Varathane water-based Wood Stain on Hatchbox Wood PLA?

I printed parts for a Harry Potter wand with HatchBox Wood PLA, now I want to apply stain. I intended to try MinWax PolyShades wood stain, then noticed Varathane water-based wood stain is available at ...
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Nail polish remover that won't dissolve ABS?

In Finishing sunken text in 3D prints, I found that nail polish works great for filling sunken lettering in 3D-printed parts, but the procedure for using it requires removing the excess from the non-...
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What is the best way to collect sanding dust?

I am pretty sure that sanding makes a lot of microplastics, so it would be nice to collect the dust, and melt it to got a blob of plastic again instead of millions of tiny particles. What is the best ...
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SLA resin post-processing: gluing parts together

I've recently purchased an Elegoo Mars Pro 3d printer, and I was wondering when printing large pieces that need to be printed in different steps: is there some kind of post-processing to make it more ...
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Silicone spray as a release agent?

I've just printed my very first part and it did not want to come loose from the build plate, it fact, it just broke instead. I can heat the bed up again and work it off, but I wondered if a release ...
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How to smooth PLA Prints without using sandpaper, solvents or paint

I need to smooth some prints with silk PLA filament. The silk PLA has a nice translucent effect but unfortunately if sanded results in an horrible matte finish regardless the sandpaper grade (I have ...
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Will Mod Podge work with PLA prints?

Looking for something to smooth out a PLA print. Would Mod Podge be a good solution? Will it stick?
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Can I use Araldite to stick PLA to metal frame?

I have a PLA base, that the MOSFETs are sitting on. I don't want to drill through the base of the printer, I was thinking of using Araldite to stick the PLA base to the metal frame. The PLA base will ...
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How much time should take for UV lamp to cure resin?

I've bought recently this UV lamp to cure my SLA prints: But I seem not to be able to get the job done. I got some leftover supports and wanted to throw them in the trash, so I put the lamp onto them, ...
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Can 3D printer work with enamel paints (or paints generally)? Are such printers available?

There are lot of advices on the web how to paint the 3D printed objects, but generally they are advices for manual painting and this required special skills, especially if the object is small. My ...
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Which 3D printer should I use to make custom miniatures for a tabletop game?

I would also be curious on how I could get the best results with these printers. I am in a situation where I have cheap access to a: Fortus 250mc, which prints in ABS and has a minimum resolution of ...
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FDM, ABS Post-processing methods

I have built a few parts that have printed 'pins' on them (2mm diameter 1.5 cm length). Due to the orientation that the build requires the pins have to have support material on them. (The part has to ...
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Gluing paper to PLA objects

I have 3D printed in PLA a curved viaduct for a model railway (N gauge) and affixed inkjet paper using UHU glue. The layout lives in my garage and as soon as the viaduct goes into the garage the paper ...
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Accidentally over curing a 3D print

I'm relatively new to SLA 3D printing and 3D printing in general. I got a budget SLA resin printer that I've been messing with for a few months now. So I had a few soft prints laying around that have ...
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SLA printers: safety with resin contaminated disposals

I've purchased an Elegoo Mars Pro recently, and I've been watching hundreds of video of all kind of processes, and everyone tells the same: resin is toxic, so you should cure it before throwing it to ...
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Sealing PLA & oil-based art supplies?

I will be printing an item that's usually made out of resin, but my version will be made out of PLA. Here are some questions I have: Usually, people seal the resin with brands such as Testor's, ...
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Why is a mold required in isostatic pressing after performing Sintering

After an a object is formed through direct laser sintering, as a post-processing procedure the object is sent for hot-isostatic pressing, In hot isostatic pressing the sintered object is placed in a ...
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Which filament type is easiest to sand smooth?

For print applications where sanding is to be used to reduce the appearance of layer lines on medium to large objects with sweeping curves, but little to no surface detail (A vase or cosplay helmet, ...
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Metal sintering layer-by-layer with DLP

As of current technological advancements, there exists Metal 3D printers that make use of Digital Light Processing (DLP) projector to 3D print metal objects. These printers use a mixture of metal ...
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Post-processing and filaments for weather-proof electronic enclosure

I'm building a weather-proof enclosure for some electronics. It's expected to stay exposed outside all the time so I'm worried about its resistance: What would recommend me for 3D filament? I was ...
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Making a 3D printed surface easily cleanable

I want to FDM 3D-print an object, and be able to effectively clean the surface with standard kitchen cleaning solutions. While the 3D-printed object would not come in direct contact with food, it ...
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Apply / find / create a stainless steel coating to apply to a PETG or PLA part to make it react to a magnet

Apply / find / create a stainless steel coating to apply to a PETG or PLA part to make it react to a magnet. My goal is to make a small tubular and conical shapes that can be painted with a stainless ...
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Clear coating resin 3D prints

I'm looking to put a UV-blocking clear coating on some of my resin 3D prints. I've tried krylon UV-Resistant Clear Coating but it seemed to react with my print making it softer and easy to break. I'm ...
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Can parts that have warped (after being printed) be un-warped?

I have an on-going project to build a large lampshade in the shape of a geodesic dome. It's made of 3D printed frames that will be covered with rice paper. I printed the parts in PLA over a month or ...
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How do metal infused filaments work?

I am considering making modifications to my Ender 3 so I can print metal-infused PLA, but I'm somewhat unclear on how it works and how the PLA is supposed to be separated from the metal content in ...
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Sealant to increase Water-Resistance of SLS print

We are attempting to print some single-use prototypes using an SLS printer. The parts must be somewhat water-resistant for short-term usage, but do not have to been waterproof entirely. According to ...

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