Professional Prototype & 3D Print Finishing Service

All the finishing touches you could ever need to bring your prototype or 3D print to life

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Turn Your 3D Print From Concept to Reality With MNL’s Expert Finishing Services.

We offer a wide range of professional techniques to elevate your prototypes and take them to the next level.

What We Offer:

  • Chrome Plating Effect (Vacuum Metallising): Achieve a mirror-like chrome finish on your 3D printed parts, perfect for high-end prototypes.
  • Real Chrome Plating: Get a genuine chrome finish using traditional electroplating techniques for a truly metallic look.
  • Shrink-Wrap Coloured Graphics: Add professional-looking coloured graphics to your prototype using a clean and seamless shrink-wrap application.
  • Soft-Touch Paint: Create a luxurious, soft feel on your prototype with our high-quality soft-touch paint finishes.
  • Flocking: Enhance the aesthetics and functionality of your prototype with a velvety flock finish.
  • Hydro-Dipping (Water Transfer Printing): Apply a vast array of intricate patterns to your prototype using water transfer printing technology.
  • Sealing of SLS for Water and Air Tightness: Make your SLS 3D prints functional by sealing them for complete water and air resistance.
  • Graphics/Colour Rub-Downs: Integrate detailed graphics and colours directly onto your prototype for a realistic and polished look.
  • Specialised Packaging and Flight Cases: Ensure your finished prototype arrives safely with our custom packaging and flight case solutions.
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Expert Finishing The Malcolm Nicholls Ltd Difference

At Malcolm Nicholls Ltd. (MNL), we understand the importance of creating prototypes that accurately represent your final product vision. Our team of skilled technicians and experienced finishers possess an in-depth knowledge of 3D printing materials and finishing techniques. We offer:

  • Expertise: Years of experience working with a wide range of 3D printed parts and finishing processes.
  • Quality: A commitment to using the highest quality materials and techniques to achieve exceptional results.
  • Flexibility: The ability to customise our services to meet your specific project requirements.
  • Fast Turnarounds: We understand the importance of time-to-market, and we strive to deliver your finished prototypes quickly and efficiently.


What 3D Printing and Prototyping Services Require Finishing?


While many 3D printing processes can produce functional parts, most prototypes will benefit from some level of finishing to truly achieve their desired look and functionality. Here’s a breakdown of when finishing is most likely needed:

  • FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling): FDM printing creates visible layer lines and a somewhat rough texture. Finishing helps smooth the surface and improve aesthetics.
  • SLA (Stereolithography): SLA parts can have a good initial surface finish, but they might still benefit from polishing, painting, or other techniques for a truly professional look.
  • SLS (Selective Laser Sintering): SLS parts are typically quite rough and require finishing for a smooth surface and improved aesthetics or functionality.

Factors to Consider for 3D Part Finishing Needs:

  • Desired Look and Feel: Does the prototype need a high-gloss finish, a smooth texture, or a specific colour for aesthetic or functional reasons?
  • Functionality: Does the prototype need to be watertight, airtight, or have a specific grip or texture?
  • End-Use Application: Is the prototype for design visualisation, user testing, or functional testing? The level of finishing will depend on its purpose.

Overall, it’s safe to say that most 3D printed prototypes will benefit from some level of finishing to achieve a professional look, improve functionality, or better represent the final product vision. Our team are on hand to help and will discuss all the finishing options available to you.





Order Your 3D Printed Parts

Getting a quote for your 3D printing project has never been easier. We offer three straightforward options to meet your needs.

Option One – Perfect for those seeking a swift and hassle-free 3D printing quote.

Option Two – If your project requires more than just printing, option two is your go-to choice, where we can provide quotes for CNC machining, surface finishing, vacuum forming, and vacuum casting for your 3D parts.

Option Three – For large, complex, intricate, or multi-part projects, look no further than option three. Give us a call, and our team will be more than happy to assist you in bringing your vision to life.

At Malcolm Nicholls Ltd, we make quoting fast, easy, and simple.

We’re often asked…

What types of 3D printed parts can be finished?

We can finish a wide variety of 3D printed parts made from materials like SLS Nylon, SLA resins, ABS, and PLA and many more

Can you help me choose the right finishing technique for my prototype?

Absolutely we can!  Our team will discuss your project requirements and recommend the most suitable finishing options to achieve your desired outcome.

How much does 3D print finishing cost?

The cost of finishing depends on the size, complexity of the part, and the chosen finishing technique. We offer competitive rates and can provide a quote upon request.

Do you offer any colour options for finishing?

Yes, we offer a wide range of colour options for most of our finishing techniques.

What is the turnaround time for finishing a 3D printed part?

Turnaround times can vary depending on the complexity of the project and our current workload. However, we will always work to meet your deadlines.

How do I get a quote?

Get in touch with us and we will quote you 

When can my parts be delivered?
We pride ourselves on the fast turnaround of projects. Chat to our team and we will be able to give you the best lead times.