Technical Articles, 3D Post-Processing

Post Processing – Do’s & Don’ts

3D printing requires different finishing considerations than traditional manufacturing. Experts at Bel Air Finishing offers do’s and don’ts for approaching the finishing of additively manufactured parts.

Deciding on the best finishing processes for 3D Printing

Bel Air Finishing, led by President Steve Alviti, emphasizes the importance of optimizing the 3D printing finishing process by understanding the part's structure, purpose, and desired surface qualities. Their comprehensive approach involves analyzing sample parts using Zygo optical metrology equipment, allowing manufacturers to make informed decisions on technologies, machines, and compounds for achieving the best finishing results in additive manufacturing.

How to Minimize Post-Processing Headaches for 3D-Printed Parts

In Steve Alviti's Additive Manufacturing Column, the challenges of finishing 3D metal printing are highlighted, emphasizing the importance of understanding post-processing techniques and measurement methods for optimization. The article explores considerations such as part size, geometry, purpose, and acceptable variations, guiding readers through the process of selecting technologies and equipment to enhance the cosmetic and functional aspects of finished parts.

Dos and Donts for finishing of 3D printed parts

Steven Alviti discusses challenges in achieving quality surface finishes for additive manufacturing (AM) parts and provides recommendations, including considering surface finish requirements in design and experimenting with conventional finishing methods.

J&J Metals Network

Bel Air was invited to present new mass finishing techniques as they relate to new metals in the 3D AM printing of medical devices. The conference was part of J&J's methodology of future improvement and Bel Air demonstrate methods of device improvements from a surface finish perspective.

Phillips Federal adds Bel Air Finishing post processing cell to Army arsenal

Phillips Federal has integrated Bel Air Finishing's post-processing technologies to support its Public Private Partnership (P3) and additive manufacturing programs at Rock Island Arsenal (RIA). Learn about post-processing technologies often overlooked in the additive manufacturing process, ultimately enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of 3D printing efforts.