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June 12, 2014 AT 1:00 am

Vapor Smoothing on Movable Parts #3DPrinting #3DThursday

Nervous System - Vapor Smoothing on Kinematics

Vapor smoothing is a technique for improving the surface finish of 3d-printed parts. It uses acetone vapor to smooth the surfaces of ABS prints, removing the layer lines that result from the printing process. We don’t typically use vapor smoothing at Nervous System because we 3D print in nylon via Selective Laser Sintering (you can read about how we tumble finish those pieces in this blog post). However, we do occasionally 3D print in ABS on our Makerbot, so we decided to test out vapor smoothing for ourselves. We were curious to see how the process would work on articulated 3D prints like our Kinematics@Home designs and 2-color prints like our reaction-diffusion animals.

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