The Finished Surfaces Cosmetics standard demonstrates conditions of protective finishes that meet Xometry’s quality standards. The examples included below showcase parts that meet this standard and others that do not meet this standard.
Xometry’s Finished Surfaces Cosmetics Standard
- Paint coverage on surfaces should be uniform, including adjacent materials of assemblies.
- The finish should be free of defects including chips, scrapes, or other damage.
- Primer and substrate should not be visible.
In order to achieve this standard, we recommend applying the protective coating in a reasonably clean environment to prevent foreign objects from damaging the finish. The surface coating should be closely inspected for damage before shipping to the customer. If the coating on the part in question does not meet this standard, the part should be remade or reworked and inspected another time before shipping to the customer. Contact Xometry’s Case Management team with any concerns by selecting “report an issue” in the portal for the job in question.
Meets Xometry's Quality Standard
The coverage of paint on surfaces should be uniform, including adjacent materials of assemblies. The finish is not to be damaged. The primer and substrate should not be visible.
Does Not Meet Xometry's Quality Standard
The example above does not meet Xometry’s Surface Finish Cosmetic standard. The paint coverage on adjacent materials has gaps. Both the primer and substrate are visible, which may result in corrosion, thus impacting part functionality.
The paint is chipped in the example above which exposes the primer and substrate. Exposed primer and substates can lead to corrosion, thus impacting part functionality. This example presents cosmetics that do not meet this standard.
The paint in the example above is scraped and gouged. This exposes the primer and substrate, which may lead to corrosion and impact part functionality. This example does not meet this standard.
Fingerprints and handprints do not meet this Surface Finish Cosmetic Standard. Any fingerprints or handprints should be cleaned from the surface before shipping to the customer.