Smoothest material

Discussion in 'Technologies and Hardware' started by Silverbeam, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. Silverbeam
    Silverbeam Well-Known Member
    So which material does the best in NOT showing all the layers.

    Which is smoother, and any thing you have done to help make it more smooth like sanding etc.
     
  2. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
    The strong and flexible as well as the detail materials can be made to show minimal stepping, but there will always be some surface irregularity. With the S&F, you get 'artifacts' (sort of like material that has bonded to the surface as a result of the process - e.g. http://www.stop4stuff.com/shapeways/chain-maille/images/hp4i n1-small-rings-scale.jpg ) and with the detail, you get the detail to what the printer can print, the stepping is not so obvious, but it is there.

    The best results will be had by ensuring the faces (triangles) of your model are smaller than the print resolution, 0.1-0.2mm works for me.

    Have a browse through the Post Production Techniques sub-forum, as it happens, Jettuh gives some useful info & pic regarding WSF and superglue.
     
  3. Silverbeam
    Silverbeam Well-Known Member
    thanks! that helps a lot.