Vapor Smoothing 

In addition to additive and subtractive manufacturing technologies, PrintCity also accommodates some post-processing technologies. Not all 3D printed parts are ready for end use, dependant on the materials the parts are printed in, they can often have rough or porous surfaces which can limit their functionality.  

The finishing process of vapor smoothing exposes 3D printed parts to solvent vapours under controlled conditions which condenses the parts surface. This can turn parts into functional and more aesthetically pleasing finished products. It improves their strength, durability, and water resistance.  

The technology is compatible with power and extrusion-based 3D printing and has been tested with over 150 thermoplastic polymers. 

1 x AMT PostPro SF50 


A blast cleaning system is a faster alternative to labour intensive post-processing techniques such as deburring, sanding, trimming, and scraping. Compressed air is used to propel blast media in a controlled environment to clean up 3D printed parts. 

Once the part has been blasted, the clean surface will have an improved appearance with a more uniform finish. 

1 x Guyson Euroblast 4 

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    Our Equipment

    Multi Jet Fusion 

    Full colour 3D printing capabilities are possible with our Muti Jet Fusion (MJF) technology. The MJF process uses an inkjet array to deposit fusing and detailing agents across a bed of nylon …

    Selective Laser Sintering 

    Powder printing capabilities at PrintCity include Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) which uses a high-powered laser to sinter small particles of polymer powder into solid structures.  The technology allows the printing of complex parts with no …


    In conjunction with a recent research project Cirmap, which worked to provide a Mixture Proportioning Method (MPM) designed for 3D printing mortars made with Recycled Fine Aggregates (RFA), we now …

    Stereolithography SLA / Digital Light Projection DLP 

    Stereolithography (SLA) is a 3D printing process that uses Ultraviolet (UV) lasers to draw out each layer of a 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) model into a vat of photopolymer liquid resin. …


    Alongside additive manufacturing technologies, PrintCity also has subtractive capabilities in a variety of machines. Milling A 3-axis computer numerical control (CNC) milling machine, the DATRON neo is designed to allow flexibility in machining …


    PrintCity currently has a variety of 3D scanning technologies in its facility. When looking for a scanning solution there can be many obstacles such as time, size, and location, PrintCity …


    PrintCity is home to the Metal X printer, which is capable of printing high-resolution metal parts. The printer uses 17-2PH Stainless Steel, H13 Tool Steel, Inconel 625 and Copper.  The Metal X printer employs the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) process to extrude …

    Continuous Fiber Fabrication 

    Continuous Fiber Fabrication (CFF) printing is a process unique to Markforged. It combines Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) with a second extruder (print head) that deposits a continuous strand of reinforcing material, such as Fiberglass, Carbon Fiber or Aramid …

    Fused Filament Fabrication 

    PrintCity has over 30 Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) and Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM*) printers.  These printers enable production using low-cost materials, with a wide range of colour and polymer options. The filaments also come in several …


    PrintCity received the UK’s first Stratasys J850 Prime FabriX Polyjet printer in 2023. This technology works by depositing small droplets of resin which are cured by Ultraviolet Light (UV) during the printing process.  With the addition …