Though it may physically take place after 3D printing, successful post-processing begins early in the design process. Post-processing results can vary along feature sizes, part thicknesses, print orientations, and more. Identifying these potential mishaps beforehand can prevent costly failures later on. At Forecast 3D, we have developed a suite of test parts to dial in the interaction of design components with finishing methods like paint, vapor polishing, and tumbling. We share our design process in constructing reference parts for use in systematic finishing tests. We also present our results from using these reference parts in a post-processing design of experiment.
Alex Ju is a Product Design Strategist at Forecast 3D and full-time MBA candidate at NYU’s Stern School of Business. A thought leader in texturing for additive manufacturing, Alex brings her background as an artist and researcher to realizing operationally optimized and aesthetically exciting AM solutions. She previously spent several years at HP, where she focused on design innovation for and with 3D printing.
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