Fused Deposition Modeling produces exceptionally strong functional parts using engineered plastic materials (ABS, PC, ULTEM and other thermoplastics) that are stable, dimensionally accurate and need no finishing. FDM parts are ideal for fixtures and low-volume production parts.

Benefits


  • Low cost compared to injection molding
  • Detailed prototypes
  • Electrostatic Dissipation material available
  • Chemically resistant
  • Sterilizable
  • High Impact Resistant
  • Heat resistant

Applications


  • Low Volume Production
  • Fixtures
  • Tooling
  • Concept Models
  • End-use Parts
  • Functional Prototypes

Lead Time Options
Next day possible
2-4 business days standard

Recommended Minimum Feature Size
0.032″

Process


Software converts or ‘slices’ the file so the FDM machine can interpret it. The machine then begins extruding the material and heating it as it lays it in the pattern determined by the file. Each layer is heated to a semi-liquid state and when layed upon the layer beneath. The layer hardens immediately and the table drops down so the next layer can be printed. The machine is also laying down a support material at the same time. The support material can then be either dissolved in water and detergent or broken off once the part has finished printing.