The perception and promise of 3D printing are that it offers a digital workflow that is simple, fast and automated; a process where complexity is free. That perception is generally correct up to the moment that parts are removed from the 3D printer. As soon as parts enter the post-processing phase, the automated, push-button process becomes a manual operation that impacts time, cost and quality.
Post-processing encompasses all the actions that are performed after parts are removed from a 3D printer. There are two categories of post-processing, primary and secondary.