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Volume: 31 | Article ID: art00008
Improving Aesthetics Through Post-Processing for 3D Printed Parts
  DOI :  10.2352/ISSN.2470-1173.2019.6.MAAP-480  Published OnlineJanuary 2019

3D printing is increasingly used for manufacturing final parts. The look and feel of final parts can be important, especially if they are intended for visible or wearable applications. We find that after parts are printed and cleaned, their aesthetic qualities can benefit from a variety of finishing processes. In this paper, we describe our post-processing work, largely for parts printed using HP’s Multi-Jet Fusion (MJF), and with an emphasis on techniques that scale sufficiently to be useful in manufacturing workflows. We detail our efforts using vibratory tumblers for smoothing, and coatings and dyes for visual appearance, as well as how we have used some of these techniques and methods for specific wearables.

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Alex Ju, Andrew Fitzhugh, Jiwon Jun, Marys Baker, "Improving Aesthetics Through Post-Processing for 3D Printed Partsin Proc. IS&T Int’l. Symp. on Electronic Imaging: Material Appearance,  2019,  pp 480-1 - 480-5,

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