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PLA surface treatment

Posted by Ecir Hana 
PLA surface treatment
November 17, 2009 12:10PM
(for the first time here!)

please, how suitable is PLA for surface treatment? I mean, if I would like to make the surface smooth, is it possible e.g. to rub it with a sand-paper?

Ecir Hana
Re: PLA surface treatment
December 04, 2009 10:34PM
I just hit some PLA with both a Dremel tool and a file, it seems to work just fine. Due to the low melting point, it can get too hot and glob up if you go really fast, but it wasn't really a problem.

You can also dunk it in boiling water to re-shape things a bit, and a quick pass with a torch makes the surface a bit shinier, although it's pretty shiny to start with.

Some pictures of PLA reprapped objects here:


Re: PLA surface treatment
December 07, 2009 02:16PM
Thank you for the reply!
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