Adapting Your Surface Roughness Requirements for Metal Additive Manufacturing Techniques

Surface Quality — An Essential Element of Your Metal Parts

Casting, machining, sintering, and additive manufacturing each produce a different surface roughness profile. To bring the final part into compliance with your requirements, there are corresponding finishing techniques that will give the part you need. Additive manufacturing post processing  provides finishing capabilities that match the unique abilities of this production technique. If you’re working with titanium alloys, aluminum alloys, or high-temperature corrosion-resistant alloys, we can help refine your 3D printed items to meet your specific surface characteristics.

Producing Metal Parts with Unique 3D Shapes

Additive Manufacturing Magazine illustrated techniques for producing “impossible” shapes using this production technique, shapes which are built from the inside out to create internal features and unusual geometries. These innovative designs which cannot be produced using traditional metalworking methods present an additional challenge when surface finishing is required. When that challenge is met, new options for high-quality metal parts arise, allowing you to prototype and manufacture more advanced designs directly from CAD.

Finishing That Matches the Unique Capabilities of This Process

Chemical additive manufacturing post processing offers contour-following surface finishing results which take the refined surfaces of this process and bring them the extra mile to meet exacting specifications. Repetitive surface artifacts from the material delivery method are reduced below your limits producing an “impossible part” which offers new opportunities for your design team. Chemical additive manufacturing post processing reaches into the depths of your complex design where standard processes are unable to perform. Chemical milling and surface treatment are already meeting the needs of some of our most advanced customers, including NASA.

Rethinking Designs to Use Additive Manufacturing Post Processing

Inside-out buildup and detail development, shapes which defy machine tool access, and quick, precise creation of detailed metal parts allow your design team to solve problems, reduce part size and cost, and add new features to your product which create exciting new opportunities. Post processing can enhance fatigue characteristics, remove surface crystalline morphologies, and prepare surfaces as needed for inspection methods. From aesthetic qualities to mechanical properties, it helps you create the 3D printed metal alloy part you need.

New Designs Lead to New Markets and New Opportunities

Whether you use additive manufacturing to bring a product to market faster or open new target market possibilities, it will inspire your designers to focus less on the limits of your manufacturing techniques, and more on what your company can produce. From architectural components and aerospace innovation to medical device designs that offer increased reliability and advanced capabilities, additive manufacturing along with our advanced post processing provides the key to success for your company’s future product offerings.