Mechanical Finishing

Phillips Federal Adds Bel Air Finishing Technology

Bel Air Finishing's post processing technologies will support Phillips' Public Private Partnership, providing training for finishing for 3D printing.

Additive Manufacturing Media Releases Education Presentation Series

Additive Manufacturing Media is releasing AM InDepth, a series on the future of 3D printing/additive manufacturing, as a part of IMTS Spark.

Parts Cleaning

Custom Precision Cleaning System for Additive Manufacturing

Layton Technologies designed a custom solvent cleaning system to remove wax from 3D-printed parts, replacing an inefficient manual process.

Rick Brandt Promoted to Publisher of Additive Manufacturing Magazine

Additive Manufacturing is devoted to industrial applications of 3D printing technology.


Additive Manufacturing Conference Seeks Presenters

The expanded event focuses on industrial applications of 3D printing technologies for making functional components and end-use parts.

Early Bird Registration through May 11 for Additive Manufacturing Workshop for Plastics at Amerimold 2019

Event is June 13 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

Powder Coating

Products Finishing News Update Newsletter, Dec. 19

Here is the Products Finishing Latest News for the week December 19, which includes information on how coatings for additive manufacturing is showing promise and Boeing and AkzoNobel have coated their 787th plane in the 787 fleet.


Technical Coatings for Additive Manufacturing Show Promising Results

Technical Coatings enable smooth and sealed surfaces with specific functions.


The Cadmium Candle Problem: Author Rues Finishing Challenge

A recent Forbes article by Mitch Free addresses the problem of cadmium finishing. Free is the owner of ZYCI, a small manufacturing company that provides CNC machining, injection molding and 3D printing.

Liquid Coating

Novel 3D Printing Solutions for Finishing

Henkel’s Adhesive Technologies business unit is now offering the ability to create tailor-made materials for additive manufacturing.


Additive Manufacturing and Surface Finishing - The 53rd William Blum Lecture

This presentation is the 53rd William Blum Lecture, presented at SUR/FIN 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 6, 2016. In this lecture, Dr. Melissa Klingenberg discusses additive manufacturing; that is, any manufacturing process capable of making 3D objects from a digital model, or building-up 3D features onto an existing object, layer-by-layer.  Cold spray, thermal spray, electroforming, structural plating and gaseous carbonyl deposition are covered.   


Combining 3D Printing and Electroplating for Replicable Experimentation

Andreas Osterwalder calls his office a museum: what looks like a collection of small machines are 3D printed and partially electroplated parts that the scientist has been creating for his experiments.

Parts Cleaning

Intermittent Phosphate Line Usage

Q. I inherited a cleaning and phosphate line and over the last two weeks, we have lost our phosphate solution twice. I am told it is because we have lost iron in the solution. Is there an additive that can be used to help maintain the solution as the tank is not in constant use?

Parts Cleaning

Update: FDA Releases Draft Guidance for Additive Manufacturing of Medical Devices

The benefits of AM may result in cleaning challenges. The layer-by-layer process of AM allows complex internal support structures and tortuous internal channels.

Mechanical Finishing

3D Printing Part Finishing

How do we finish rough 3D-printed systems?

Liquid Coating

Fish Eye Additives

We have been experiencing craters or dimples in our current coating application process. We have spoken with our coating supplier, which said we may need to add an additive to eliminate this. What is this product, and how does it work?

Liquid Coating

Additives to Address Contaminant Issues

I have heard that a fish-eye-type additive can be added to the coating to help eliminate what looks like Swiss cheese in my coating after it has been sprayed. Can you give me any insights on this issue?

Parts Cleaning

Powder on Galvaneal

We have customers that want a smooth powder coating on a galvaneal finish. We prep with a light alcohol wipe, prebake the parts to allow for off-gassing, then spray with a smooth powder. We are having problems with “craters” and specs, so the surfaces won’t pass a class “A” test. Is there a way to coat a galvaneal part with a smooth powder that does not have a special additive?