FDM technology is one of the longest-used 3D printing processes. In common with other rapid production systems, FDM systems read data from STL files, which they convert into reference points for reproducing the original design within the printer’s build envelope.
The printer heats a continuous thread of thermoplastic filament, of which a fine bead is extruded through a heated tip and laid down on the print bed. When the first layer is complete, the bed steps down and the process repeats. Each layer can be as fine as just 0.127mm (0.005in).
The software that ships with our FDM systems gives the user control over various aspects of the printing process, including the density of the fill inside the printed model, with options for solid, sparse and low density depending on its final use scenario.
Down-facing surfaces are supported during the print process by support material. This can be jetted off or dissolved at the end of the process to leave just the required part behind.
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