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
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.