The FDM process starts with CAD design data and the 3D printer extrudes and deposits molten thermoplastic in layers to build the part from the bottom up. Parts are generally made up of 2 materials – the material to make the part and a support material. Post processing will entail removing/stripping away the support material.
Typical applications for FDM include:
- Concept models
- Manufacturing tools
- Finished goods
The end result…….
- Real thermoplastics
- Strong,stable and durable parts
- Final product mechanical properties