Smoothing process

  • 03-Feb-2009 05:11 EST
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Stratasys’ smoothing station improves the surface finish of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene-based thermoplastic parts produced by FDM­ (fusion deposition modeling). The semi-automated process provides a surface finish of 32 to 63 microns, offering an improved smoothness equal to that of an injection-molded part. Without the process, design and manufacturing engineers who require an FDM part with this level of smoothness must manually fill, sand, and paint the part. The combination of the Stratasys FDM additive fabrication system and the smoothing station results in injection molded-quality parts that can be created in just a few minutes, thereby saving hours of labor. The smoothed part creates a suitable surface for painting, electroplating, vacuum metallization, liquid sealing, and making mold masters such as silicone molding, sand casting, or investment casting.

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