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One of the most exciting secondary ﬁnishing techniques GoProto employs on our Multi Jet Fusion parts is BLAST Vapor Smoothing. This process uses the AMT PostPro3D smoothing machine to expose parts to a vaporized solvent gas, which reorders the surface molecules to smooth the part without dramatically aﬀecting the dimensions ( it reduces the part dimensions by roughly .4%).
Not only does this process improve the surface ﬁnish of the parts, but tests have shown that the parts are also made more tough, elongation is improved, resistance to liquids is improved, and the part is sealed better, which provides for better surface adhesion for gasketing and suction and provides an excellent base for adding paint, Cerakote, hydrographics or clear coat.
PostPro3D® is a CE and UL listed machine and is based on AMT’s proprietary BLAST™ process (Boundary Layer Automated Smoothing Technology)which is a physical-chemical-based process that can smooth a wide variety of thermoplastic polymers that are printed in MJF, or FDM 3D printing technologies. The process is non-line-of-sight and can smooth complex internal cavities of polymer parts.
The PostPro3D technology is highly controllable, allowing reproducible results with no degradation of a parts’ mechanical properties – and in fact it improves some mechanical properties such as elongation and impact strength. Smoothing makes parts look great and since there is no secondary layer added there is very minimal impact to tolerances and there’s no paint to scratch!
“Thank you for turning this around so quickly! The painted parts look great. It is very much appreciated!” — Shokoofeh (Contract Design Manufacturing Company)
GoProto offers end-to-end solutions for your product development and production needs: turning your ideas into reality. We specialize in quick-turn, on-demand, custom manufacturing of metal and plastic parts, utilizing 3D printing, CNC machining, sheet metal, cast urethane, injection molding, and various finishing techniques. Working within medical, aerospace, industrial, automotive, and many other industries, we are a rapid manufacturing company with customer service at our core.
“Hey Guys, Hope all is well! I just received the sheet metal parts and assembled them onto the prototype it belongs to and it’s perfect! Just wanted to let you know you guys did a great job!” — Daren (design engineering company)View testimonials