Visual Guide to SLS 3D Printing Finishes

Did you know that we offer different finishes for SLS 3D printing? Check out the guide below to learn about the various finishing options we offer.

By Marcus Morrissette · October 12, 2015

Did you know that we offer different finishes for SLS 3D printing? Check out the guide below to learn about the various finishing options we offer.


SLS Finishes

SLS 3D printing - standard

Standard Finish

This is the default finish for SLS. Parts are removed from the build chamber and all powder is cleaned through bead blasting. The surface appearance is a satin-like matte finish that is slightly grainy to the touch.


SLS 3D printing - media tumbled

Media Tumbled

Parts are tumbled in polishing media for several hours to smooth outer surfaces. The resulting finish is smooth to the touch with a satin-like matte appearance.

Note: Sharp edges may be dulled during this process and parts with fragile features are not recommended for tumbling.


SLS 3D printing - dyed

Dyed

Colors are applied to parts with a standard finish using dye. This process is currently available in red, yellow, blue, green, and black.

Note: The dye penetrates 0.25mm into the part surface.


SLS 3D printing - nickel plating

Nickel Plating

Parts are plated with ~0.1mm / 0.004″ nickel. Plating increases part strength, stiffness, and environmental resistance.

Note: This finishing process adds 4-5 business days to the lead time.


SLS 3D printing - custom finishes

Custom Finishes

We can accommodate a range of custom finishing requests such as tapping, inserts, and painting.

Just add details about your requirements in the notes section of your order and a project manager will contact you.

Note: Custom orders will display “RFQ” for the price.

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