SLA 3D Printed Clear Resin Flowers Painted and Plated with Silver

SLA 3D Printed Clear Resin Flowers Painted and Plated with Silver

Process 3D Print, Support Removal, Post Curing, Polish, Paint, Electroplate
Material Resin
Quantity 3 pcs
Price Range $1-100
Lead Time 3 workdays


About Project

It's a graduation project customed for an art student. She built the flower with Nomad Sculpt and ordered some transparent flower prototypes made with SLA clear resin. She tried three different post-processing methods, like painting, vacuum plating, and silver foil painting.


  • Step 1: Just like processing other 3D models with rich details, we first need to examine the models and make sure the details and layer thickness is enough for printing.
  • Step 2: 3D print the statues with SLA Clear Resin. It seems simple but requires a lot of engineers’ experience. We have printed tens of clear parts every day and tuned the 3D printer to the best condition.
  • Step 3: When printing finished, remove the supports and rinse it with IPA, then manually sand and polish it with 400-4000 grit sandpaper until the part becomes transparent.
  • Step 4: Spray the parts evenly with UV oil. As the oil protection layer has a thickness, the dimension of parts may be affected, so the clear parts are used just as display models, not functional ones.
  • Step 5: Paint the flowers into silver with an airgun, and you can also try to cover its surface with silver foil.