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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

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 of FDM

Low cost compared to injection molding

Detailed prototypes

Electrostatic Dissipation material available

Chemically resistant

Sterilizable

High Impact Resistant

Heat resistant

FDM Materials

PC

Durable thermoplastic with a high gloss white color.

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PC/ABS

Durable thermoplastic with a high gloss white or black color.

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ULTEM 1010

Outstanding strength and thermal stability with food-contact and biocompatibility certifications.

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ABS

25 to 70 percent stronger than standard ABS and is an ideal material for conceptual modeling, functional prototyping, manufacturing tools and end-use-parts.

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ULTEM 9085

Well-rounded thermal, mechanical and chemical properties.

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FDM 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.

FDM Applications

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

Recommended Minimum Feature Size

0.032″

 

Lead Time Options

Next day possible
2-4 business days standard

 

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