The Area 71 produce professional and high tech slot cars using the most advanced and up to date 3D printing technology. The body, chassis & interior are made from carbon composite, making The Area 71 cars light weight and durable. The Area 71 cars are proudly made in Italy.
TIPS FOR PARTS PREPARATION
Area71 parts are printed with the finest, most accurate and state of the art industrial grade SLS technology based printers. Parts are printed in ultra-high resolution, and finished with a unique black carbon composite compound treatment or as an alternative, in order to comply to some racing regulations available also in “standard grey” finish.
With the improvement of standards in manufacturing, another benefit is that the parts are now much easier to prepare for painting.
3D printed nylon parts are generally porous, very rough and in order to be painted they need to be “sealed”, and very likely some details may get lost during this process. During the manufacturing process, a post processing is performed at the factory to deliver parts already partially “sealed” and almost ready to paint. There is no need to wash the parts to remove mold grease or stains left from molding process, no solvents to be used, no need to trim windows openings and wheel arches like on resin parts and bodies, no mold lines to remove etc., plus the material is rock solid strong, so no danger to damage the parts if “heavy” sanded by mistake.
All you have to do to prepare the parts for painting is to spray a light coat of Tamiya Grey Primer (or any other primer of your choice), let it dry and “cure” for 24hrs, then sand the part with a 400 grit sand paper to remove the light surface roughness. After this step, spray another light coat of primer and wet sand with 1000 grit, and part is ready to be painted just like any other plastic or resin body.
Quick and easy. Happy modeling!!!
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