FDM

Exceptional Durability, Heat Resistance, and Strength

FDM, also called Fused Deposition Modeling, is the most widely used 3D printing process available today. In fact, most desktop hobby printers use FDM technology. The main difference between lower end printers and industrial grade FDM printers is in repeatability and resolution. FDM printers use a thermoplastic filament, which is heated to its melting point and then extruded onto a build platform to create a printed part. The modeling material is held up by support material that acts as scaffolding. Layer by layer, the part is “drawn” across the build platform. It then cools, hardens, and binds to the layer above it. The build platform lowers at the completion of each layer in order to make room for the part to grow.

The FDM process utilizes engineering-grade thermoplastics which create dimensionally stable parts with high accuracy and repeatability. The materials available for use with FDM have properties such as strength, thermal and chemical resistance, static dissipation, biocompatibility, UV resistance, and durability.

Once printing is completed and the part is removed from the build platform, the finishing is determined by what type of aesthetics are needed for the project. Dinsmore Inc. has an expert FDM finishing department to help accomplish the final look of the printed part.

Due to the composition of the process’ materials, Dinsmore Inc.’s FDM 3D printing services support a wide range of industries, from additive manufacturing for automotive to rapid prototyping for product development of consumer products. Contact Dinsmore to find out how FDM additive manufacturing can add value to your application.

Technology Highlight

Thermoplastic filament is heated to a semi-liquid state and extruded across computer-controlled tool paths to build parts layer upon layer.

FDM Materials

ABS-ESD7

Applications:

Jigs & fixtures, electrical connectors, housing, under-the-hood applications.

Description:

FDM Technology uses the same tried and tested thermoplastics found in traditional manufacturing...

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ULTEM 1010

Applications:

Ducts, electrical housings, electrical connectors, composite layup tooling, medical devices, production tooling, food packaging.

Description:

FDM Technology uses the same tried and tested thermoplastics found in traditional manufacturing...

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Nylon 6

Applications:

Functional prototypes, tooling.

Description:

FDM Technology uses the same tried and tested thermoplastics found in traditional manufacturing...

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PPSF/PPSU Polyphenylsulfone

Applications:

Under-the-hood automotive components.

Description:

FDM Technology uses the same tried and tested thermoplastics found in traditional manufacturing...

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PLA

Applications:

General prototyping, rapid prototype iteration.

Description:

FDM Technology uses the same tried and tested thermoplastics found in traditional manufacturing...

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PC-ISO

Applications:

Conceptual modeling, functional prototyping, end-use parts, medical devices, food packaging.

Description:

FDM Technology uses the same tried and tested thermoplastics found in traditional manufacturing...

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ASA

Applications:

General purpose prototyping, end-use parts, outdoor commercial and infrastructure parts, sporting goods, tools, automotive components and accessories.

Description:

FDM Technology uses the same tried and tested thermoplastics found in traditional manufacturing...

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ABSi

Applications:

Functional prototypes, lenses for automotive lighting.

Description:

FDM Technology uses the same tried and tested thermoplastics found in traditional manufacturing...

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ABS-M30i

Applications:

Medical devices.

Description:

FDM Technology uses the same tried and tested thermoplastics found in traditional manufacturing...

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ABS-M30

Applications:

Conceptual modeling, functional prototyping, manufacturing tools and end-use-parts.

Description:

FDM Technology uses the same tried and tested thermoplastics found in traditional manufacturing...

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PC (polycarbonate)

Applications:

Conceptual modeling, functional prototypes, manufacturing tools, and end-use parts.

Description:

FDM Technology uses the same tried and tested thermoplastics found in traditional manufacturing...

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PC-ABS

Applications:

Conceptual modeling, functional prototypes, manufacturing tools and end-use parts.

Description:

CFDM Technology uses the same tried and tested thermoplastics found in traditional manufacturing...

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