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Water-tight ABS Models
« on: March 14, 2013, 02:54:10 PM »
A mild coating of Acetone or Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) can bring printed printed parts to a high gloss finish, and can reduce/eliminate print layer ridges. This process can also make the model stronger and seal it for water tightness.

By printing with a solid fill and applying several coats of one of the above solvents in quick succession, it is possible to create parts that are extremely strong and very water tight. 3D Printing the part solid and letting the solvent soak internally will cause the internal fill to become one solid block of plastic.

This process will reduce the flexibility of the part, but increase it's strength. If you want the solvent to stop working, simply just dunk the part in water.

Warning. Always be careful when using solvents and to follow any instructions provided with the solvent.
« Last Edit: March 16, 2013, 03:54:13 PM by bruce3dps »

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