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Industrial Finishing

RapidMade offers a variety of custom finishing options to product aesthetics and durability. Click on any option below to learn more.


Standard Finishes

 Translucent PolyJet dyed plastic.

Translucent PolyJet dyed plastic.

Dyed Plastic Finish

 Textured ColorJet print, sanded with clear coat to simulate varnished wood.

Textured ColorJet print, sanded with clear coat to simulate varnished wood.

Sanding, Blasting and Clear Coating

  • Gives parts an improved tactile quality, more like a consumer product

  • Improves seal on printed parts

  • ColorJet parts printed with wood texture, along with sanding and clear coat, mimic varnished wood (pictured above)

  • Available for most RapidMade product offerings

 
 Left: Unpainted finish. Right: Glossy red painted finish.

Left: Unpainted finish. Right: Glossy red painted finish.

Custom Painted Finish

  • Custom colors available on request with a variety of finishes, from matte and satin to gloss and clear coat

  • Gloss paint available for certain geometries, parts and materials at additional cost

  • Multi-colored painted finishes also available

  • Available for almost all RapidMade product offerings

 

Specialty Finishes

 Plated Nylon. Left: Nickel plating. Right: Copper patina.

Plated Nylon. Left: Nickel plating. Right: Copper patina.

Plastic and Metal Plating

  • Adds strength and rigidity to plastic parts while creating an elegant, metal-like appearance

  • Great for surface conductivity and electromagnetic interference (EMI) applications

  • Improves the appearance and finish of metal products

  • Give parts gold and silver appearance

 Bronze steel metal print with polished face.

Bronze steel metal print with polished face.

Metal Polishing

  • Amplifies the appearance of secondary finishes like anodizing, silk screen, plating and powder coating

  • Creates a lower coefficient of friction, making parts more resistant to abrasion

  • Makes parts easier to clean by eliminating micro-pores in metal surfaces

 

 
 Sand-blasted aluminum with silver and black powder coat.

Sand-blasted aluminum with silver and black powder coat.

Powder Coating

  • Protects metals from scratches, rust, and corrosion

  • Hides scratches and imperfections on the substrate

  • Smaller environmental impact than other coating processes

  • Inexpensive and permanent

 Black anodized aluminum frame with plastic panels.

Black anodized aluminum frame with plastic panels.

Anodizing

  • Prevents corrosion of aluminum components

  • More resistant to wear from handling and use

  • More aesthetically pleasing finish with many color options

  • Creates substantially harder parts than unfinished aluminum

 
 Hearing aid couplings, anodized and laser engraved.

Hearing aid couplings, anodized and laser engraved.

Laser Engraving

  • Allows for exciting branding opportunities on traditionally manufactured parts

  • Simple to create; can be done directly from a PDF

  • Less expensive than CNC engraving

  • Engraved part and serial numbers comply with standards and improve tracking

  • Great option for custom alterations of mass produced goods.