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Learn how to get glossy smooth prints right after printing with Smooth Filaments

A smooth surface isn’t easy to get with 3D printing usually. We have talked about how to smoothen a 3D print through post-processing techniques, but there is a way to get smooth-as-glass 3D prints with zero to minimal post-processing.

Introducing… smooth filaments! There are two types of smooth filaments. One is made of a polymer composite PLA material, which makes it stronger and tougher than regular PLA, but just as environmentally friendly. The second still needs minimal post-processing, but not as much of a hassle as preparing a noxious Acetone Vapour concoction.

Smooth filaments create great toys, cosplay components, decors, and other craft items. Since it is similar to PLA, it cannot withstand heavy stress and industrial applications.

Want to find out more about Smooth Filaments? Read their features and tradeoffs below:

Qualities of Smooth Filaments

Features

  • Produces a smooth surface
  • Zero to minimal odour during printing
  • Stronger and tougher than regular PLA

Tradeoffs

  • Still requires minor post-processing in some cases
  • Takes longer to print as it thrives with slower printing speed

Smooth Filament Print Settings

Bed settings: 45-70℃
Extruder temperature: 190-230℃

Best Smooth Filaments on the Market

X3D Pro Smooth Filaments

Despite being made of Polymer composite PLA material, the X3D Pro Smooth Filament displays increased strength and toughness that typical PLA. It still exhibits all the good characteristics of PLA though, such as low shrinkage rate, biodegradability, and exceptional rigidity.

3D Skulpt

From Thibra3D comes SKULPT, a unique sculptable 3D printer filament that can be molded like it is clay after printing. One can easily smooth out zits, zippers, blogs, and marks left by removed supports.

PolySmooth PVB

The PolySmooth PVB can is like PLA during printing, meaning that it is just as easy to print and has minimal odour. It also guarantees zero-warping and easy support removal. It claims to outperform most ABS and PLA filaments in terms of mechanical properties as well. However, it needs its partner in crime, Polysher, in order to produce smooth and glossy 3D prints.

Polysher is an airtight smoothing machine that works by creating an aerosol of isopropyl alcohol and ethanol within to melt the surface of your 3D print to smooth down its surface.

Order Smooth Filaments Today to Get Hassle-Free Silky and Glass-Like 3D Prints!

Getting smooth and glossy 3D prints don’t have to feel like you’re in a science lab, experimenting with harmful chemicals. Don’t complicate things, just order Smooth Filaments to make your life easier. If you have any questions about any of the Smooth filaments above or anything about 3D printing, you can call us on 08 6380 7488 or email us at x3d@x3d.com.au.