Finishing Touch Smoothing StationThe Finishing TouchTM Smoothing Station uses a semi-automated process to improve the surface finish of FDM parts to near injection-molded quality without the labour and cost associated with traditional manufacturing. In fact, Finishing Touch makes FDM parts up to 15 times smoother.
Whether you’re creating concept models, patterns or end use parts, now you can
make them even smoother. Use the Stratasys Finishing Touch to give your parts a finish that are ideal for painting, plating, silicone molding, sand casting or investment casting.
- Painted parts
- Mold masters
- Electroplated components
- Vacuum metallization
- Sealed surfaces (contact with liquids or moderate air and water pressure)
You can use Finishing Touch with our entire family of ABS thermoplastics including: ABS-P400, ABSi, ABSplus-P430, ABS-M30 and ABS-M30i.
With Finishing Touch you can make FDM concept models, patterns or end use parts up to 15 times smoother. Small layer lines are easily removed, leaving you with a surface finish close to an injection-molded part.
Smoothing with Finishing Touch does not affect part accuracy. An independent study was conducted by the University of Texas-El Paso to test part accuracy after the smoothing process. The study found that the smoothing process made negligible dimensional changes on smoothed parts.
Before smoothing, 49 measurements were recorded on 6 test parts manufactured on a Fortus 3D Production System. After three 20-second exposures in the smoothing chamber, the mean deviation of pre-smoothed dimensions versus post-smoothing dimensions determined that the smoothing process changed the parts by only 0.0009 inches (0.023 mm). As a result, researchers concluded that the smoothing process has an insignificant effect on part accuracy.
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