Flocking | The Factory for 3D Printing


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 molding technologies like Vacuum Casting, Reaction Injection Molding and Injection Molding.


      Other Applications

      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.