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FDM 3D Printing Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Printing was invented in 1984 by Scott Crump at Stratasys Ltd., who used a heated extruder to melt thermoplastic filament onto a build platform.

What is FDM 3D Printing?

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Printing was invented in 1984 by Scott Crump at Stratasys Ltd., who used a heated extruder to melt thermoplastic filament onto a build platform. FDM’s ability to quickly print large objects makes it useful for prototyping, especially in industries requiring rapid turnaround times.

How does FDM 3D printing work?

In simple terms, FDM printers use molten plastic to print three-dimensional items. Plastic material cools when it comes in contact with the base. Once cooled, the plastic creates an adhesive bond with the previous layer and holds the new layer in place. This process creates layers of plastic that are fused together, creating a solid item. The time required to complete the creation of an object depends on its complexity and size. Complex parts take longer than simple ones.

What are the uses of FDM 3D Printing?

After the 3D printing industry boom, FDM became the leader in 3D Printing, the cheapest and easiest rapid prototyping method. FDM technology produced 3D Print objects of various sizes, from small prototypes to large-scale models for industries including aerospace, automotive, medical device, military, and others.

Who should use FDM 3D Printing?

There is no limit on who should use FDM 3D Printing, which is widely used by students, architects, engineers, and designers. But it should be recommended per usage. For instance, if you are an engineering or architecture student and need to test fit or prototype a model, we recommend FDM 3D Printing using PLA and ABS for its fast turnaround and low cost. But, on the other hand, if you need the 3D Prints for tougher jobs, we recommend FDM 3D Printing using Nylon, Nylon Carbon fiber, and PEEK materials. This is because they are solid and stiff compared to other technologies. And yes, we have Nylon, Nylon Carbon Fiber, and PEEK 3D Printing material capabilities.

What are common materials for FDM 3D printing?

Each material has different properties that make them suitable for different applications. For example, PLA and ABS are thermoplastic polymers used in many consumer products such as plastic toys and packaging. On the other hand, nylon Carbon Fiber is for high demanding applications with stiffness and strength. If you require it even more robust than Nylon Carbon Fiber, we recommend PEEK material, one of the strongest 3D Printing materials of the 20th century. Lastly, the mentioned materials are suitable for most 3D Printing applications, and its recommended to understand each material’s specifications, pros, and cons. Have a free consultation with our 3D Printing Technician on your project.

What are the Examples of FDM 3D Prints?

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Clients Testimonials

I called them at 2 pm, and they finished designing my 3d print and started printing on the same day. Job well done.

The 3d print replacement part was done perfectly.

It was nice talking to an ARL 3d printing expert. He gave me all the information and guidance my group needed to complete our wiper project.

Simple order process. I loved the surface finish and painting on my 3D print.

FDM 3D Printing FAQs

Most 3D printers use the FDM process. It is more cost-effective than other additive technologies because it uses inexpensive plastic filament instead of expensive metal powder or resin. With FDM, parts can be made quickly and cheaply.

FDM 3D Printing does not provide high-resolution details compared to their 3D Printing technologies, making FDM a less viable option for producing parts with very small details.

There will be visible layer lines, and depending on the end-use, post-processing of sanding, polishing, priming, and painting might be necessary to give a realistic appearance.

FDM 3D Prints are accurate, and if parts are small, we recommend using other 3D printing technologies like SLA and SLS because they can achieve a higher accuracy level.

It is not expensive. Drop us an email or call us, and we will give you a quotation for free.

  • PLA
  • ABS
  • PETG
  • PETG
  • Nylon
  • Nylon Carbon Fiber
  • Nylon Fiber Glass
  • PC
  • PEEK

If you require other materials, we will be happy to order them.

  • Prototyping
  • Modeling
  • Low-volume manufacturing
  • Functional prototypes
  • End-use parts

FDM 3D Prints are stronger than SLA 3D Printers.

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