Paint and Custom Finishing

Protolabs provides a wide range of options for surface finishing. These services are for individual parts or entire assemblies.  We operate a specially equipped finishing department, with a dedicated team to support your project from preparation to shipping of the parts.

Our finishing services include:

  • Assembly of sub-components
  • Project support and individual consulting by our account management team
  • Surface treatment of finished parts (e.g. grinding and polishing)
  • Painting (including all preparation work)
  • Paints and varnishes supplied to all applicable standards (RAL, Pantone, ...)

Examples and applications:

Clear finish on transparent stereolithography parts

In this process, the component (or the entire assembly) is subjected to a high-quality surface treatment. The benefit of this is that any trace marks of the production method are significantly reduced. Secondly, the surfaces are coated with a clear lacquer. The result is a high-quality, and almost fully transparent, appearance.

Application: prototype, exhibition presentation pattern

Painting of 3D printed parts with a standard paint

This service is particularly useful for creating OEM coatings for automotive parts.

The component receives a surface treatment similar in appearance and feel to production part.  The material texture is enhanced, as varnishing provides weather and UV protection.

Application: prototype, presentation, small series

Assembly 

Our team supports the preparation of the CAD file data and the production of the individual parts.  After manufacturing the parts, all components are seamlessly joined together on a mounting frame, followed finishing the surfaces according to customer requirements.

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