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Complete Guide to Cerakote: Ceramic Coating for SLA and SLS 3D Printed Parts

This whitepaper will cover how to coat stereolithography (SLA) and selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printed parts through the Cerakote process.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Cerakote and 3D Printed Parts
  3. How to Apply Cerakote
  4. Applications for Cerakoted 3D Printed Parts
  5. Get Started With Cerakote


Cerakote is a thin, high-performance ceramic coating developed by NIC Industries that provides numerous mechanical and aesthetic advantages.

Cerakote has excellent temperature, chemical, and UV-resistant properties. These properties allow you to create 3D printed parts capable of withstanding harsh environments for extended periods of time. Cerakote can be applied in thicknesses ranging from 0.00635-0.0254 mm, and thus has minimal impact on the dimensional accuracy of a part. For parts within a functional assembly, a thick coating could disrupt delicate tolerances and create friction. Cerakoted parts have a predictable and very thin coating, allowing functional assemblies to operate smoothly.

The thin application and strong, enduring adhesion of Cerakote can also add to the aesthetic benefits of Cerakoting a part. Cerakote is available in a wide range of hues allowing for unique end-use components in the color of your choosing. Cerakote can achieve a completely opaque solid color in everything from bright white to dark black, all without a base coat or primer. This single-layer coating is a unique option to create colorful SLA and SLS parts with a single application coating.

Cerakote and 3D Printed Parts

Traditionally, the majority of Cerakoted parts are metal, but with the growing adoption of 3D printing in demanding end-use environments, Cerakoted plastics are emerging as faster, less expensive alternatives to metal parts.

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