When first setting out into the world of 3D printing, Felix discovered that the technology wasn’t quite ready for the vision they had in mind for their final product. Taking a step back to look at the broader picture, Felix utilized the learnings from previous products and designed a 3D printing process to enable them to achieve the quality they were looking for.
This new look at 3D production enabled Felix and his team to inspect where post-processing changes the game of additive manufacturing and create a whole new way of approaching production: the triangle of complexity.
Don’t let its simple look fool you - just like its name, it’s a little more complex a process, but what it boils down to are the three things that you need to return to throughout the creation of your product:
Each of these points individually brings a lot of value to your product. However, if you don’t utilize each of these concepts effectively, it can also cause more problems than solutions.
Finish: the fundamental technologies behind it
When you’re looking at creating end-use products out of printed parts, you will need a post-production process to ensure that the product is consumer-ready. There are three key ways to achieve surface finishing:
As well as surface finishing, there are also colouring methods to consider (printing with coloured material, spray paint, dip dying). Knowing the final product requirements before producing will help you create an effective workflow from start to finish that will ensure the best consumer-ready product. Returning to your triangle of complexities once you have all of the requirements in mind will provide an optimized and effective outcome.
Not sure which of the above methods is the right process for your product? Try them out. Use samples for each method and see which gives you the finish that you want your end consumer to hold in their hand. Reach out to other businesses that understand the complexities of these processes and can share their experience with your production.