FDM

Exceptional Durability, Heat Resistance, and Strength

FDM also called Fused Deposition Modeling, is a 3D printing technology that utilizes the properties such as strength, thermal and chemical resistance, static dissipation, biocompatibility, UV resistance, and durability in engineering grade thermoplastics to create dimensionally stable parts with accuracy and repeatability. It is the most common 3D printing method and uses 2 kinds of materials during the 3D printing process.

The material composing the final product is called the modeling material which is held up by support material that acts as scaffolding. Each of these materials use a thread of plastic or filament which melts when it is extruded through the printer’s nozzle onto a build platform. 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 a layer in order to make room for the build to grow. 

After the completed part along with the support structure is removed from the build platform, the finishing of the final part is determined by what type of aesthetics are desired. Dinsmore Inc. has an expert FDM finishing department to help accomplish the final look of the 3D 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 us 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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