Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology builds parts in the same strong, stable plastics used in injection molding, CNC machining and other traditional manufacturing processes. Harness the power of 3D printing while relying on tested, established thermoplastics. FDM thermoplastics are subject to tight tolerances, tough testing and harsh environments.
FDM is a filament-based technology that works with production-grade thermoplastics to build strong, durable and dimensionally stable parts with unsurpassed accuracy and repeatability. The thermoplastic filament is heated to its melting point and then extruded, layer by layer, onto a build platform.
How FDM works: 3D printers that run on FDM technology build parts layer-by-layer from the bottom up by heating and extruding thermoplastic filament
Pre-processing: Build-preparation software slices and positions a 3D CAD file and calculates a path to extrude thermoplastic and any necessary support material.
Production: The 3D printer heats the thermoplastic to a semi-liquid state and deposits it in ultra-fine beads along the extrusion path. A support structure is created where needed and built in a water-soluble material.
Post-processing: The user breaks away support material or dissolves it in detergent and water, and the part is ready to use
The great advantage of FDM is the durable materials it uses, the stability of their mechanical properties over time, and the quality of the parts. Companies in a variety of industries use FDM for product development, functional prototypes, specialized manufacturing tools, and detailed end-use parts.
FDM is a popular 3D printing method within the medical industry. FDM Technology uses the same tried and tested thermoplastics found in traditional manufacturing processes; for applications that demand tight tolerances or specialized properties, such as translucence or biocompatibility, there’s an FDM thermoplastic that can deliver.
3D Print Bureau of Texas can offer their FDM materials with special properties like toughness, electrostatic dissipation, translucence, biocompatibility, UV Resistance, VO flammability and FST ratings. Industries like automotive, areospace and medical could benefit from FDM thermoplastics.
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