Traditional methods for creating prototypes typically involve lengthy post-processing. Depending on the material, the model may require sanding, staining, buffing, painting, and varnishing to achieve the desired finished look. Detailed models especially may require hours of finishing time that takes away from time to correct mistakes and improve the design.
But finishing doesn’t have to take up a huge part of the design process. Parts created with PolyJet Technology come off the printer with full colors and accurate surface textures.
Often, post-processing is limited to removal of supports. PolyJet printers typically use one of two types of support: soluble and WaterJet-removable. Soluble support materials like SUP706B dissolve in a solution of caustic soda and metasilicate, while materials like SUP705 can be sprayed off parts using the WaterJet cleaning system. Both support types allow the creation of detailed, intricate geometries and interior spaces.
For designers who want to see their ideas in real life, not just on a screen, traditional options can feel limiting. Hand-modeling is laborious, but outsourcing is expensive and sometimes equally time-consuming. The process of taking render to reality is faster, simpler, and more efficient with the power of 3D printing and PolyJet Technology.