Processing Plastic Examples

Below you can find many examples of different 3D-printed plastic parts Bel Air Finishing has finished. We use a variety of machines and processes to achieve these results. If you would like to find more information about the processes or machines we use here at Bel Air, click the button to the right of each set of pictures. Within each example you can view a before and after image of each picture, along with a before and after metrology surface graph, if available. We have many options for the type of equipment we choose. Each picture indicates the equipment used for that particular part. If you want to see all the equipment options then click the view video button below.

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Powder Build Removal

Objective
3D Build Removal
Part Description
Additive Manufactured Plastic
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLS
Material
PA2200
Process Type
Water Jet Build Removal

Bel Air has long since automated the process of build removal in a dust free environment and at the same time, improving the suraface finish by 50%

Polish Nylon Printed Parts

Objective
Post Processing 3D Plastic
Part Description
3D Printed Chess Piece
Printer Technology
SLS
Material
PA1100 Nylon
Process Type
Centrifugal Disc

The customer was producing consumer chess sets with unique designs but had difficulty producing a “Molded Like” finish. The process was developed using a high energy centrifugal disk finisher to achieve optimal results.

HP - PA12 Build Removal

Objective Clean Prints from MJF build
Part Description Sample part
Printer Technology MJF
Material PA12
Process Type Video demo- Waterjet teaser

Bel Air’s Water jet was developed to clean the powder from a build, automatically, in a clean dust-free system that also improves the printing surface finish

Polish Polycarb-FDM

Objective 3D Feasibility Study
Part Description Sample Part
Printer Technology FDM
Material Polycarb
Process Type Service Provider

Bel Air  coupon testing of surface finishing and coating for the customer to help them make educated decisions to best choose the printing technologies. Polycarb materials post processed to a molded finish.


Smooth Lines

Objective Smooth Print Lines From FDM
Part Description Stacker Parts
Printer Technology FDM
Material Pet G & PLA
Process Type Coating Service Provider

Bel Air’s specialized coating process, levels out the build lines in FDM parts and seals the surface, to make them smooth, water tight and more functional

3D Color Print- Powder Removal and Polishing

plastic finishing under vibratory tumbler
Objective
Clean and polish HP color print
Part Description
Sample test parts
Printer Technology
Plastic – MJF
Material
PA
Process Type
More About Water Jet Technology

The task completed was to illustrated the way to clean without dusty atmosphere and to introduce various degrees of  gloss on the parts

Post Processing MJF Medical Components

Objective
Post Processing 3D Printed Parts
Part Description
Medical 3D Components
Printer Technology
Plastic – MJF
Material
HP PA 12
Process Type
HP Post Processing System

Bel Air is engaged by HP and an end user to explore the feasibility of print their products by the MJF method.  The decision relies on the final post processing finishes that are available.

Clean & Improve - Covid swabs

Objective
clean and improve surface while still in build platform
Part Description
Covid swab
Printer Technology
HP MJF
Material
PA 12
Process Type
Consulting Service

Develop alternate designs of the print build for improved post processing

After our meeting, we  suggested  the following design idea as a way to help facilitate the post processing.

Post Process Inferior Holes in EOS SLS

Objective
Improve flow inside printed tube
Part Description
Tube
Printer Technology
EOS SLS
Material
PA 12
Process Type
Water Jet

PA 12 finishing of inside of a tubular section


Clean Powder & Polish- MJF

Objective
Clean powder & polish
Part Description
Louver housing
Printer Technology
MJF
Material
PA 12
Process Type
HP Post Processing system

Bel Air establish cleaning and finishing procedures for the components, prior to the purchase of the printer


Polish & Coat PEKK- FDM

Objective 3D Feasibility Study
Part Description Sample Part
Printer Technology FDM
Material PEKK
Process Type Service Provider

Bel Air performed coupon testing of surface finishing and coating for the customer to help them make educated decisions to best choose printing technologies.


Ultem- FDM- Polish & Coat

Objective 3D Feasibility Study
Part Description Sample Part
Printer Technology FDM
Material Ultem
Process Type Coating Service provider

In order to satisfy any single costumer, Bel Air performs  and polish even the tiny and small pieces and always comes up with a good results. 


SS 316- SLM-Polish

Objective 3D Feasibility Study
Part Description Sample Part
Printer Technology SLM
Material SS 316 process
Process Type Multiple + Coating

Bel Air performs coupon testing of surface finishing and coating for the customer to help them make educated decisions to best choose the printing technologies


Cynate Esther- CLIP Print

Objective 3D Feasibility Study
Part Description Sample Part
Printer Technology CLIP
Material Cynate Esther
Process Type Multiple + Coating

Bel Air performs coupon testing of surface finishing and coating for the customer to help them make educated decisions to best choose the printing technologies


3D Printed Desk Ornament

Objective Smooth Surface and Coat
Part Description Chair Model
Printer Technology SLS
Material PA12
Process Type Complete Service

The SLS part was taken from raw printed to consumer quality with color coating, label application, and clear coating.


3D PRINTED MOLD POLISHING

Objective Improve surface of mold
Part Description Prototype Mold
Printer Technology HP MJF
Material PA nylon powder
Process Type Multiple

Once this prototype thermoform mold is printed, it needs many hours of hand labor to sand down the surface and then polish it to allow the mold to produce a smooth part and to release the part easily after molding.

Automated Post Process HP-PA Color - Wet

Objective
Remove build powder – Wet Blasting
Part Description
3D Sample
Printer Technology
HP Color 580 Plastic MJF
Material
HP PA 15 Color
Process Type
Water Jet

The customer desired to establish a means of removing powder build material from the MJF technique, without making a powdery mess and keeping the surface color intact.

Automated Removing Build Power - Dry

Objective
Remove build powder- Dry Blasting
Part Description
3D Sample
Printer Technology
HP Color 580
Material
HP PA 15 Color
Process Type
Special Blast Procedure

The customer desired to establish a means of removing powder build material from MJF made parts while keeping the surface color intact using a dry finishing process to evaluate the differences between wet and dry processes.

HP Color Build Powder Removal - Wet

Objective
Remove build powder-Wet
Part Description
3D Samples
Printer Technology
HP Color Plastic MJF
Material
HP PA 15 Color
Process Type
Water Jet

 

 

HP and their color developer desired to establish a means of removing powder build material from the Multi Jet Fusion 3-D printing technique, while keeping the surface color intact.

Post Processing HP PA-1100 Material

Objective
3D Printing Post Processing
Part Description
Medical Implants
Printer Technology
MJF
Material
HP PA-1100
Process Type
3D Support Removal

Post Processing Plastic Medical parts

Objective
HP Post Processing
Part Description
Medical – Consumer Pill Box
Printer Technology
3D Plastic MJF
Material
HP PA-12
Process Type
Tumbling Equipment

Post Process Lubrisol TCU Flex MJF Material​

performing multiple testing to help material designer
Objective
Clean & Color Flex MJF material
Part Description
Flex Madulus
Printer Technology
MJF
Material
Lubrisol TCU
Process Type
Water Jet and Coat

Bel Air performed multiple post process testing to help material designer.

3D Printed Part
Objective
Post Processing & Dyeing
Part Description
Prototype Samples
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLS
Material
EOS PA-1100
Process Type
Surface Finish & Dyeing
3D post-processed printed pump component
Objective
Post process surface
Part Description
Pump Component
Printer Technology
Multi Jet Fusion
Material
HP PA-12
Process Type
Centrifugal Finishing Machine
Objective
Polish 3D Plastic
Part Description
Prototype Part
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLS
Material
PA2200 Nylon
Process Type
Post Processing Equipment
post-processed 3D printed household appliance components
Objective
Polish 3D Plastic
Part Description
Household appliance components
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLS
Material
Nylon 12
Process Type
Vibratory Tumbler
Objective
Plastic Post Processing
Part Description
Prototype Grippers
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLS
Material
EOS PA 1100
Process Type
Centrifugal Disc Finishing
3D Printed Electronic Housings, Post-processed
Objective
3D Printing Post Processing
Part Description
Electronic Housings
Printer Technology
Plastic 3D MJF
Material
HP PA 12
Process Type
3D Printing Post Processing Equipment
Objective
Post Process Polishing
Part Description
3D Printed Consumer Art
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLS
Material
Formiga P110
Process Type
Vibratory Polisher
Objective
Improve surface for functionality
Part Description
Coupling
Printer Technology
3D Plastic MJF
Material
Carbon Fiber Composite
Process Type
High Energy
Objective
Post Processing 3D Plastic
Part Description
3D Printed Consumer Item
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLS
Material
PA11 Nylon
Process Type
High Energy
Objective
Improve surface finish for functionality, dye
Part Description
Machine Component
Printer Technology
3D Plastic MJF
Material
Carbon Fiber Composite
Process Type
Centrifugal Finishing Machine
Objective
3D Post Processing, Polishing & Dying Nylon
Part Description
Additive Manufactured Eyeglasses
Printer Technology
Plastic SLS
Material
PA2200
Process Type
3D Printing Post Processing Equipment
3D printed post-processed aerospace part
Objective
Replace hand sanding
Part Description
Aerospace Part
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLS
Material
SLA Resin
Process Type
Proprietary
Objective
3D Printing Post Processing, Surface Finish
Part Description
Automotive
Printer Technology
3D Plastic MJF
Material
HP PA-1100
Process Type
Centrifugal Finishing Machine
Objective
Post Process Polishing of ASA
Part Description
AM Plastics
Printer Technology
3D Plastic FDM
Material
ABS
Process Type
Tumbling Equipment
3D printed and post-processed card fiber sphere
Objective
Improve Surface for Functionality
Part Description
Medical Device Component
Printer Technology
3D Plastic CDLP
Material
Carbon Fiber
Process Type
Proprietary
3D printed and post-processed ultem brackets
Objective
3D Post Processing
Printer Technology
3D Plastic MJF
Part Description
Brackets
Material
ULTEM 9095
Process Type
Vibratory Polisher
Objective
Remove build material
Part Description
Automotive
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLS
Material
Nylon GF (glass filled)
Process Type
Custom Horizontal Tumbler
Objective
FDM Post Processing
Part Description
Adjustable Wrench Prototype
Printer Technology
3D Plastic FDM
Material
ABS
Process Type
3D Post Processing Equipment
3D printed and post-processed tooth
Objective
Surface finish & polish
Part Description
Dental – 3D Plastic Tooth
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLA
Material
Vero Clear
Process Type
Centrifugal Disc Finishing
3D printed and post-processed plastic tube
Objective
FDM Post Processing
Part Description
Plastic Tube
Printer Technology
3D Plastic FDM
Material
Ultem
Process Type
3D Post Processing Equipment
Objective
Remove build material
Part Description
Automotive Intake Manifold- FCA
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLS
Material
Nylon GF (glass filled)
Process Type
Custom Horizontal Tumbler
PA-1200 3d printed plastic tags
Finished Parts
Objective
Polish & dye surface
Part Description
3D Printed Tags
Material
PA-1200
Process Type
Dyeing AM parts
Objective
PLA Post Processing
Part Description
Plastic Money Clip
Printer Technology
3D Plastic FDM
Material
ABS & PLA
Process Type
3D Post Processing Equipment
Objective
Build removal
Part Description
3D plastic prototyping
Printer Technology
3D Plastic MJF
Material
HP PA-12
Process Type
FM-WJ Water Jet Blaster
Objective
Smooth Surface
Part Description
Consumer Part
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLA
Material
Object Vero Black
Process Type
Post Processing Equipment
Objective
SLS Post Processing
Part Description
Plastics
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLA
Material
DuraForm PA
Process Type
Post Processing Equipment
Objective
3D Plastic Post Processing
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLA
Part Description
Plastic Pin
Material
Vero Clear
Process Type
Centrifugal Disc Finishing Equipment
Objective
SLS Post Processing
Part Description
Sculpture
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLA
Material
DuraForm PA
Process Type
Centrifugal Disc Finisher
Objective
3D Part Finishing
Part Description
Additive Manufacturing
Printer Technology
Material
Post Processing 3D Plastic PETG
Process Type
High Energy
Objective
FDM Post Processing
Part Description
Wrench
Printer Technology
3D Plastic FDM
Material
PLA
Process Type
Centrifugal Finishing Machine
3D printed molded part and post-processed
Objective
Post Processing Plastic SLS
Part Description
Mold Components
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLS
Material
Plastic ASA
Process Type
Post Processing Equipment
Objective
SLS Post Processing
Part Description
Cell Phone Cover
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLS
Material
Nylon 11
Process Type
Tumbling Equipment
3D printed game piece cover and post-processed,
Objective
3D Printed Part Polishing
Part Description
Game Piece
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLS
Material
Formiga P110
Process Type
Vapor Blasting
3D printed automotive mold and post-processed
Objective
Sanding 3D Printed Object
Part Description
Automotive – Mold
Printer Technology
Material
Wax
Process Type
Tumbling Equipment
3D printed octopus and post-processed
Objective
SLS Post Processing
Part Description
3D Printing Plastic Prototypes
Printer Technology
Plastic SLA
Material
3D Systems Duraform ProX
Process Type
Centrifugal Disc Finishing
Objective
FDM Post Processing
Part Description
Unknown
Printer Technology
3D Plastic FDM
Material
ASA
Process Type
Centrifugal Disc Finishing
Post-processed 3D printed duraform prototype
Objective
3D Part Cleaning
Part Description
3D Printing Plastic Prototypes
Printer Technology
Material
3D Systems Duraform HST
Process Type
WaterJet Blasting Equipment
Objective
SLA Post Processing
Part Description
Dental Parts
Printer Technology
Plastic SLA
Material
Vero Clear 3D Plastic
Process Type
Centrifugal Finishing Machine
Post-processed 3D printed ultem cup
Objective
FDM Post Processing
Part Description
Cup
Printer Technology
FDM
Material
Ultem
Process Type
Centrifugal Finishing Machine
Objective
Surface finish & polish
Part Description
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLA
Material
Vero Cear
Process Type
Centrifugal Disc Finishing
Objective
SLS Post Processing
Part Description
Prototype
Printer Technology
3D Plastic SLS
Material
EOS PA 1100
Process Type
3D Support Removal
Objective
Pre-plated finish
Part Description
3D Printed Consumer Item – Jewelry
Printer Technology
3D Printing MJF
Material
HP PA 11
Process Type
Centrifugal Disc Finishing
Objective
Pre-plated finish
Part Description
3D Printed Consumer Item – Jewelry
Printer Technology
Material
HP PA 11
Process Type
High Energy
Objective
Coating
Part Description
Plastics
Printer Technology
Material
ASA Blue Plastic
Process Type
High Energy
Objective
Surface Finishing
Part Description
Plastics
Printer Technology
Material
ASA – Black
Process Type
High Energy
Objective
Coating
Part Description
Plastics
Printer Technology
Material
3D Plastics
Process Type
High Energy
Objective
Coating
Part Description
Plastics
Printer Technology
Material
3D Plastics
Process Type
High Energy
Objective
3D post processing
Part Description
3D Plastic Pipe Fitting
Printer Technology
Plastic – FDM
Material
ABS
Process Type
Vapor Blasting
Objective
Post processing of 3D printed parts
Part Description
Plastic Housing
Printer Technology
Plastic – FDM
Material
ABS
Process Type
Centrifugal Finishing Machine
Objective
PLA post processing
Part Description
Vacuum Tube
Printer Technology
Plastic – SLS
Material
PLA
Process Type
Centrifugal Disc Finishing
Objective
SLS post processing
Part Description
Vacuum Nozzle
Printer Technology
Plastic – SLS
Material
ULTEM
Process Type
Tumbling Equipment
Objective
3D printing post processing
Part Description
Bracket
Printer Technology
Plastic – SLS
Material
PEEK
Process Type
Centrifugal Disc Finishing
Objective
HP PA post processing
Part Description
Grommet
Printer Technology
Plastic – MJF
Material
Nylon 11 (PA)
Process Type
Centrifugal Finishing Machine
Objective
3D printing post processing
Part Description
Bracket
Printer Technology
Plastic – SLS
Material
PEEK
Process Type
Centrifugal Disc Finishing
Objective
Post processing of 3D printed parts
Part Description
Tray, Rotary
Printer Technology
Plastic – SLS
Material
Nylon 11 (PA)
Process Type
Tumbling Equipment
Objective
Sanding 3D printed objects
Part Description
Holder Bracket
Printer Technology
Unknown
Material
3D Plastics
Process Type
High Energy
Objective
3D part finishing
Part Description
Mold
Printer Technology
Plastic – FDM
Material
ABS
Process Type
Vapor Blasting
Objective
FDM post processing
Part Description
Plastic support
Printer Technology
Plastic – FDM
Material
ABS
Process Type
High Energy
Objective
3D plastic polish
Part Description
Plastic Nozzles
Printer Technology
Plastic – SLA
Material
SLA Resin
Process Type
Vibratory Polisher
Objective
Build removal & surface finishing
Part Description
Electronic Connector
Printer Technology
Plastic – SLA
Material
VeroClear
Process Type
FMSL 8 Centrifugal Disc Finisher
Objective
Build & support material removal
Part Description
Plastic Nozzle
Printer Technology
Plastic – SLA
Material
SLA resin
Process Type
Centrifugal Finishing Machine
Objective
Deburr & blend
Part Description
3D Printed Housing Component
Printer Technology
Plastic – FDM
Material
ABS
Process Type
Vibratory Tumbler
Objective
Surface finish
Part Description
3D Printed Art
Printer Technology
Plastic – SLA
Material
SLA resin
Process Type
Vibratory Polisher
Objective
Sanding 3D printed objects
Part Description
3D Printed Plastic Plumbing Component
Printer Technology
Plastic – SLS
Material
Nylon 11
Process Type
Centrifugal Disc Finishing
Objective
Improve surface
Part Description
3D Printed Plastic Sprocket
Printer Technology
Plastic – SLS
Material
VeroClear
Process Type
Centrifugal Disc Finishing
Objective
Surface Finishing
Part Description
Plastics
Printer Technology
Plastic – FDM
Material
ULTEM
Process Type
Vibratory Polisher
Objective
3D printing post processing
Part Description
Plastic
Printer Technology
Plastic – SLS
Material
VeroGray
Process Type
High Energy
Objective
3D printing post processing
Part Description
Plastic Sign
Printer Technology
Plastic – FDM
Material
ABS
Process Type
Vibratory Tumbler
Objective
FDM post processing
Part Description
Plastic Bracket
Printer Technology
Plastic – FDM
Material
ABS
Process Type
High Energy
Objective
Smooth Edges
Part Description
Butterfly Valve
Printer Technology
Plastic – SLA
Material
FormLabs Tough Resin
Process Type
Centrifugal Disc Finishing