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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.

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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.

Standard Finish

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  • SLS finishes standard

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.

Media Tumbled

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  • SLS finishes 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.


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  • SLS finishes 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.

Nickel Plating

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  • SLS finishes nickel plated

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.

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.

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This article was written by various Xometry contributors. Xometry is a leading resource on manufacturing with CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, 3D printing, injection molding, urethane casting, and more.

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