3D post-processing station is where you can clean up your 3D prints or take them to the next level.

There are a variety of techniques for post-processing a finished 3D print to attain a higher quality surface finish. Techniques such as sanding, and painting can give your 3D a more realistic touch. Check out more here.

Materials & Tools Needed:
  • Flush Cutters
  • Sandpaper
  • Sanding sticks/ Sanding blocks
  • Eye protection
How To:
  1. Wear eye protection!!
  2. To remove support, aka eat flush cutters up to the edge where the support attaches to your model.
  3. Pinch the support with the flush cutters, then twist the support away from the model.
  4. Clip off chunks and pieces of the support as you go with the cutters.
  5. Once support is removed, start sanding.
Sandpaper Grits:
  • The lower the number, the coarser the sandpaper will be- which means it will remove material faster.
  • Start at a lower number sandpaper and work your way up
  • 100-220-320-600
Materials & Tools Needed:
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint
  • Cup of water
  • Plate for paint palette
  • Napkins
  • Paintbrush cleaning disc
How To:
  1. Make sure your model is clean before you try painting it.
    • If you previously sanded your mode, wipe off the dust and residue with a damp paper towel.
  2. If there are areas that you want more vibrant colors, paint those areas with a light coat of white first.
  3. Paint areas in thin layers. If the paint is thick, ass a few drops of water to the paint.
  4. Allow paint to dry in between coats.
Materials & Tools Needed:
  • Dremel
  • Bits- drill bits, sanding, and grinding bits
  • Eye Protection
How To:
  1. Wear eye protection!!
  2. If you have long hair, have it pulled back in a ponytail or another style.
  3. Make sure you don’t have any loose clothing, jewelry, or accessories.
  4. Changing bits:
    • Only change bits when the Dremel is OFF
    • Press down on the button near the end o the shade, while holding the button down. Rotate the tip holding in the bit clockwise.
    • Remove the bit.

At the station, you can find:

  • Various Tools and Gears
  • Sandpaper
  • Adhesives & Glues
  • Acrylic Paint and Paint Brushes
  • Photobooth
  • PLA- Recycling

Located in Tech Den