- Sanding – A post-processing technique that involves rubbing an abrasive material, such as sandpaper or a sanding sponge, against the surface of a 3D printed part to remove any rough edges, bumps, or visible layer lines, resulting in a smoother finish.
- Sand Blasting – A process of cleaning or smoothing the surface of a 3D printed part by directing a high-pressure stream of abrasive material, such as sand, glass beads, or metal shot, onto the surface of the part. This technique can also create a matte or textured finish on the surface of the part.
- Putty – A type of filler material that can be used to fill gaps, cracks, or imperfections in 3D printed parts. Putty is applied to the surface of the part and allowed to dry before being sanded or smoothed down to create a seamless finish.
- Smoothening – A post-processing technique that involves using a variety of methods, including sanding, filling, and polishing, to create a smooth, even surface on a 3D printed part. This technique is often used to remove any visible layer lines or rough edges on the surface of a part.
- Special Finishes – Various specialized finishing techniques can be applied to 3D printed parts to achieve unique textures, patterns, and colors. These include processes like electroplating, powder-coating, laser-etching,, hydrographics, and more, which can enhance the aesthetic appeal and functionality of 3D printed parts for specific applications.
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