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ROBUST 3D PRINTING IN A WIDE RANGE OF THERMOPLASTICS

Fused Deposition Modelling – FDM – uses a continuous bead of thermoplastic filament, laid down on a mobile z-stage to build up a 3D part layer by layer. It is ideally-suited to rapid prototyping and the production of parts for which long-term stability and durability are key requirements.

FDM 3D Printers

FDM technology highlights

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.

The Benefits

  • FDM parts are strong and dimensionally stable, so maintain their accuracy and material properties over time.
  • Parts can be built using ISO materials when used for medical applications and for contact with food. Compatible UL V0 materials are suitable for use in aircraft parts.
  • The rigid material used in the Fused Deposition Modelling process means parts can be built with few supporting structures to minimise costs.
  • FDM machines can be compact, and easy to both use and maintain, so are ideally suited to an office environment.

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Where accuracy, durability and heat tolerance are key considerations, look to FDM. The choice of materials, including Ultem, ABS, ASA, PC-ABS and Polycarbonate makes it one of the most flexible 3D production options.

Mark Tyrtania, Sales Director, Laser Lines

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