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.
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.
Soft look and feel
Durable and permanent
Glove and coin boxes
Reduction of panel drumming
Reduction of dashboard creak
Non-abrasive jigs and fixtures
Flocking for Rapid Prototyping
Since flocking can be applied directly onto a 3D-printed surface, it opens up new possibilities for imparting ideal properties to 3D-printed end-use components. Flocking has been successfully applied to jewelry, phone covers, exclusive packaging, fashion products, maquettes and interior goods.