Advanced composite and metal additive manufacturing components require final surface finishing.
Whenever the surface of aerospace, automotive, creative, dental, industrial tooling, medical and moulding tools are produced with additive manufacturing the surface requires to be improved.
Additive manufacturing, the creation of 3-D solid objects by using a series of layered materials, allows the production of complex individual components from various materials such as plastic, nickel alloys, titanium, stainless steel and precious metals.
It permits the creation of shapes and geometries which are not possible with any other production method. However, the surface finish of parts created with additive manufacturing frequently requires final finishing.
The adaptation to particular work piece shapes and surface requirements can be achieved by the development of tailor-made finishing solutions.
Equipment and process methods for either the intensive or very gentle surface smoothing of such components are available according to their component substrate and design geometry.
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can be used to improve the surface of
an SLS manufactured titanium component
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Post Written By:
Peter Post Uiterweer