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FDM 3D Printing Technology

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is an additive manufacturing process which is one of the most accessible and widely used form of 3D printing. In FDM, a three dimensional object is created by selectively depositing melted material layer by layer from the bottom by heating and extruding thermoplastic Filament. The materials used are thermoplastic polymers and come in a filament form and are suitable for detailed functional prototypes, durable manufacturing tools & low-volume manufacturing parts.

How does FDM Technology works

Fused deposition modeling works by extruding heated thermoplastic material layer-by-layer onto a build tray.

Preparing the Build

Build-preparation software slices and positions a 3D CAD file and calculates a path to extrude thermoplastic and any necessary support material.

3D Printing

Build-preparation software slices and positions a 3D CAD file and calculates a path to extrude thermoplastic and any necessary support material.

Support Removal

Build-preparation software slices and positions a 3D CAD file and calculates a path to extrude thermoplastic and any necessary support material.

3D Printing Materials

PLA

Short for polylactic acid, PLA is a bio plastic derived from plants-based resources. It is easy to print with and low warp which ideal for general prototyping. It can withstand printing temperature of 205 °C.

ASA

ASA features many of the same properties as ABS including high strength and little to no warp with an added benefit of UV resistance. ASA is the perfect engineering filaments for those prints that need to withstand external environments. The printing temperature it can withstand is 245 °C.

ePLA

An engineering grade PLA filament with mechanical properties – comparable in performance to ABS, with 95°C heat resistance and the ability to print at speeds above 120mm/s. Semi-matte finish. It can withstand printing temperature of 235 °C.

PETG

PETG is produced from PET waste streams, typically from extrusion processes. Overall, PETG is a strong filament that does not warp and is odor neutral and is safe for food contact. It’s easy to print and can withstand printing temperature of 215 °C.

ABS

ABS is a common 3D printer filament, famous for its strength. Filamentive ABS has high impact strength and minimal warping. It can withstand printing temperature of 250 °C.

WOOD

Filamentive wood is a PLA-based composite 3D printer filament. 40% of the formula is made from recycled wood fibers, providing a realistic wood color, finish and even smell. The printing temperature it can withstand is 210 °C.

Advantages of Binder Jetting Technology

Fused deposition modeling is ideal for applications that demand tight tolerances, toughness, and environmental stability.

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