World's first finishing tool for 3d printed objects

08 Apr

World's first finishing tool for 3d printed objects

The pain of cleaning a 3d print can only be understood by someone who own a 3d printer. Most prints needs to be cleaned and the support needs to be removed, doing so with the conventional tools if a near impossible task. I have personally tied things like Scissors, Tweezers, Pluckers and even sharp tools like surgical knifes but nothing works. All these are stop gap replacements that more often than not tend to spoil the hours of hard work done by the 3d printer. Once while I was cleaning a print I realized that a heated tool could do things better, however heating a knife every time you are cleaning a print can be a messy affair. Need of the Hour was a tool that was designed specially to clean the 3d printed objects.

World's first finishing tool for 3d printed objects

Today, a company called 3D 2.0 Inc has announced that they will launch a tool that aims to make this process easier they call it Retouch3D. Retouch3D, is a heated tool that features 5 interchangeable heads, allowing for simple touching up of 3D printed objects. The device can be used to cut the support material “like butter,” to refine layer imperfections, or to blend and even-out rough patchy areas on an object. The ergonomic design was made to be comfortable in the hand for accurate precision and features an efficient temperature control system designed for a wide variety of 3D print retouching tasks.

“Until you own a 3D printer, what you don’t realize is that removing supports and getting rid of printing errors can be frustrating and time-consuming,” said Phil Newman, Founder, 3D 2.0. “We figured that if heat created a 3D print, then heat would be the best way to clean it up. And that’s how Retouch3D was born.”

World's first finishing tool for 3d printed objects

The Retouch3D tips include:

  • Macro Remover tip - removes large supports, brims, and rafts.
  • Micro Remover tip - refines larger layer imperfections such as layer blobs, overhangs, and stringing.
  • Macro Refiner tip - refines small, detailed and curved layer imperfections.
  • Micro Refiner tip - removes smaller, close-in support material.
  • Blender tip - blends the surface of your 3D print where blobs and imperfections have occurred.

World's first finishing tool for 3d printed objects

“I love the concept, the industrial design looks very polished, and I like how it has more than one tip,” said Mike Grauer Jr, a Board Member of 3D Printing Community and 3D evangelist. “Sanding and other surface finishing is a pain and I haven’t seen a similar product on the market.”

World's first finishing tool for 3d printed objects

With the rapid growth of 3D printers and 3D printing in general, 3D 2.0 couldn’t have picked a better time to launch their product, which they’re doing so on the 3D printer-friendly Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. Those who back the Retouch3D during the campaign will be able to purchase it for an early bird price of $149.

”We are really excited to launch our project on Kickstarter, and look forward to introducing Retouch3D as a whole new category of product,” added Amanda Hurt, who was a project manager during the development of the tool. “The 3D printing sector is experiencing rapid growth and we expect Retouch3D will dramatically improve the user experience.”

Source: Kickstarter