Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D Printing
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The FDM process begins when a computer-aided design (CAD) design is made. The CAD file acts as a set of instructions or blueprints for the machine. An FDM printer will use two types of materials—one for modeling and the other for support. Once the printing begins, filaments are unwound from a coil and fed into an extrusion nozzle. The nozzle is heated to melt the material and can be moved in horizontal and vertical directions, controlled by computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software package. The model or part is produced by extruding small beads of thermoplastic material to form successive layers, with each material layer hardening immediately after extrusion from the nozzle. Once the piece is made, the support structures must be removed by force or solution. The size and complexity of the part design will impact the amount of time it will take to complete the build process.
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What Industries use FDM 3D Printing?
Startups and large aerospace companies have all used Fused Deposition Modeling to produce their products. FDM parts are durable, chemical resistant and can endure extreme conditions, making them ideal for testing and end-use parts. As FDM technology continues to advance, more and more industries have adopted the technology,
What are the Advantages of FDM 3D Printing?
There are many advantages to FDM 3D printing. One main benefit of FDM technology is its ability to produce parts and prototypes using engineering grade plastics. FDM thermoplastic parts are strong, durable and are dimensionally stable. FDM parts can be used for advanced conceptual models, functional prototyping, production parts and manufacturing tools.
Modern FDM 3D printing machines possess large build envelopes capable of producing larger pieces at higher quantities than other additive manufacturing technologies. Today’s FDM printers are so efficient that they can eliminate many of the steps necessary with traditional manufacturing. As a result, overhead costs are reduced and there is a quicker turnaround. Brands often select FDM technology due to the wide selection and lower price of materials. Multiple different types of material can be used simultaneously in the FDM process.