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What is glossing?

Glossing (acetone bath) - as one of the methods to remove the layered texture after 3D printing, give strength to the part and make the model glossy. This is the procedure for placing the finished product in a container where acetone vapor is formed. This technology is used when it is necessary to smooth out layers and give a gloss to the finished model.

 

How it works?

During this procedure, the layers of the 3D model melt and, as a result, disappear completely. At the exit, we get a part similar in appearance to the product obtained as a result of casting and more durable than a product simply printed on a 3D printer.

What should you draw your attention to?

There is one drawback of this procedure - it is the "shrinkage" of the size. This procedure involves melting the outer layers of the part, so the dimensions are reduced in the range of 50-150 microns. Do you need to keep the dimension? Then before "glossing" it is necessary to provide an allowance for processing in an acetone bath.

As an example of processing parts after 3D printing, we will show you a photo of one of the orders.

To begin with, we printed the products. In this case, PLA was chosen.
There were a lot of products =) So the fingers of one hand will not be enough to count.
There were also coasters. We glued them to the main part.
And glossing began =)
Stand on drying.
Here's what happened.

Final photo