Fused Deposition Modeling – FDM
FDM is a 3D printing method that makes durable objects out of the same type of plastic one sees in everyday products. With FDM, the 3D printer takes a spool of plastic filament, melts it, and extrudes it onto a tray to build a part layer-by-layer from the bottom-up. FDM material utilizes industrial-grade thermoplastics (ABS, Polycarbonate, and Ultim), which is why the resulting parts are so tough. The technology is supports production-grade thermoplastics, which are mechanically and environmentally stable. Further, FDM can produce complex geometries and cavities that would otherwise be problematic using conventional machining methods.
Solve design challenges before committing to expensive and time-consuming tooling and production. Manufacturing with FDM 3D Printing enables faster iteration, decision-making, and response to market changes. Fixtures and flight-worthy parts go from idea to production in a fraction of the time.
Due in part to FDM’s relative heat resistance; one could go from the design studio to the factory floor in a fraction of the time it takes other development processes. In other words, one could prototype, test, and produce all manners of tools, jigs, fixtures, and street-ready parts with unprecedented speed and efficiency.
The medical industry frequently uses FDM materials that are biocompatible and MRI transparent, where people in the medical industry prefer using FDM for its superior strength and heat resistance.