Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

Produce Functional Parts that are Strong, Stable, and Dimensionally Accurate.

Production-grade thermoplastic tools and low-volume parts with very high accuracy

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) produces functional end-use parts using engineered thermoplastic materials. FDM parts are dimensionally very accurate, but fine details are not as precise as those made with other technologies. Available materials range from extremely strong and stiff (including ABS, polycarbonate, Nylon, and ULTEM) to flexible. For example, softer parts, such as hoses, tubes, air ducts, and vibration dampeners, can be produced with TPU 90 flexible material. Many FDM materials are excellent at withstanding heat, mechanical stress, and chemicals, and can be used as low-volume production parts. Extremely strong composite parts that integrate carbon fiber or Kevlar with thermoplastic can also be produced with FDM.

The as-printed surface of FDM parts does not match the quality of 3D-printed parts made from liquid or powder. However, many FDM materials can be smoothed mechanically or chemically as a post-processing step.

FDM parts are widely popular for factory tooling, jigs, and holding fixtures in a wide range of industries, especially automotive. Some FDM materials can be used in food and drug packaging applications, making it a popular 3D printing method within the medical industry.

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InterPRO Fused Deposition Modeling Benefits & Applications

  • Excellent for concept models and prototypes for mechanical testing
  • Very cost-effective as compared with other 3D printing processes
  • FDM parts are inherently anisotropic. They are likely to have visible layer lines and are not recommended for mechanically critical components.
  • Electrostatic dissipation material available
  • Chemically resistant
  • Sterilizable
  • High impact resistant
  • Fixtures
  • Tooling
  • End-use parts
  • Functional prototypes

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