3D Printing Textured Surfaces
Apart from use in functional prototyping applications, designers and engineers, along with mold and toolmakers – use Luximprint technology for inspirational prototyping and validation of textured or patterned surface tooling. Usually, the high complexity of the textured surfaces would require extremely intensive labour. Especially when using traditional fabrication methodologies, such as diamond turning or machining, creating embossing tools for end part fabrication is a time consuming job. Resulting from this, significant engineering time and investment losses are a bad day-to-day reality.
Complexity is Free
Textured surfaces as printed by Luximprint technology, come along with great clarity and detail. No matter it concerns sharp or accurate features, an extreme smooth surface finish, or a frosted gradient, the 3D printing process of Luximprint can realize it.
Where conventional fabrication technologies lack, Luximprint offers now a great physical tool that can be used in the early stages of product develpment to ensure a smooth way to the market.
Large Surfaces – Finest Details – Multi-Materials
The maximum area of the build tray gets close to one SQM. As a base material, a great variety of technical optical plastics can be used, ranging from flexible sheet materials or even thin films to stiff and stable sheets of acryllic. If no translucency is required, a broad range of other materials may fit the bill.
When moving away from optically clear, translucent materials, multi-color gradients or colored textures come to play. To discover the opportunities in that particular space, please refer to our Optographix product section.
Post Threatments of Textured Surfaces
In fact, no additional post-threatments are required, such as polishing, blasting or grinding the parts. When leaving the 3D printer, the parts are optically smooth and no additional handling is required.
However, for certain applications, the application of industrial coatings might be required. Alu-reflective or UV-coatings can be applied onto the surfaces in order to fullfill specific project needs.