3Din30 Episode 8: Cleaning Up the Confusion with AM Surface Finish

by | August 27, 2021 | Interviews

The surface finish capabilities for metal 3D printers have improved drastically over the last few years. However, additional processing may be required in certain applications. So, how do you know which process to use? And, what are you trying to accomplish with the treatment?

There are several reasons why you might need a higher quality surface finish. Some applications include a mating surface that drives a higher finish to ensure a quality seal. Some applications call out a surface finish merely because it was called out historically and never challenged or changed. One of the more interesting reasons revolves around the correlation between surface finish and fatigue life. That is the topic we dove into in our latest 3Din30 live session: Clearing Up the Confusion with AM Surface Finish

In this episode, we spoke with REM CEO Justin Michaud and Augustin Diaz, Lead AM Scientist to try and clear up many of the misconceptions and confusing elements linked with AM surface finish.

Topic highlights include:

  • REM’s first experiences with metal AM
  • How heat treatment drives changes in surfaces, polishing, and finishing
  • When post processing is necessary to successfully complete a print
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Amir Iliaifar

Director of Content

Amir Iliaifar is the Director of Content at Velo3D where he oversees the production and distribution of Velo3D’s global digital content marketing initiatives. Prior to joining the company, Amir worked for a leading professional drone manufacturer, several SaaS companies, and as an automotive tech journalist. He holds a Master of Arts in Digital Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.