Flocking

Giving Additive Manufactured parts a soft look and feel

Flocking gives components an attractive, seamless and wear-resistant coating. It also improves the tactile quality, aesthetics, color and appearance of the finished part. Flock is used extensively in the interiors of cars and other vehicles. With its own flocking installation, Materialise can produce rapid prototypes and small series of components with a high-quality finish that is fantastic to both see and touch.

 

“Installing our own flocking installation allows us to create prototypes that look like the desired end- product and to do so in record time. Moreover, it opens up opportunities for creating small series of 3D Printed end-use parts with a distinguished look and feel.”
Christophe Van den Bergh, production manager, Materialise.
 
The flocking process deposits millions of small nylon fiber particles onto a surface coated with
an adhesive. The flock particles are electrically charged causing them to stand-up. The fibers
are propelled and anchored into the adhesive at a right angle to the component.
 

Benefits

• Soft look and feel
• Glare reduction
• Condensation reduction
• Noise absorption
• Vibration reduction
• Durable and permanent

Applications

• Glove and coin boxes
• Trunk linings
• Door trims
• Reduction of panel drumming
• Reduction of dashboard creak
• Non-abrasive jigs and fixtures
 

Flocking for Rapid Prototyping

 
Flocking can be applied to the surfaces of all additive manufactured parts, whether produced by stereolithography, Laser Sintering or FDM, and also to components that are produced in moulding technologies like Vacuum Casting, Reaction Injection Moulding and Injection Moulding.
 

Other Applications

Since flocking can be applied directly onto a 3D Printed surface, it opens up new possibilities for giving 3D Printed end-use components the ideal properties. Flocking has been successfully applied to jewelry, phone covers, exclusive packaging, fashion products, maquettes and interior goods.