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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

Fused Deposition Modeling for Production

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is an additive fabrication process that can be used for production, tooling, and prototyping. With a fire retardant material and available large build platforms, our Stratasys FORTUS systems are ideal for producing aircraft production parts. Prototyping parts out of FDM plastics gives an accurate representation of fit, form, and function of a product before moving onto production.


How FDM Works

3D printers that run on FDM Technology build parts layer-by-layer by heating thermoplastic material to a semi-liquid state and extruding it according to computer-controlled paths.


FDM uses two materials to execute a print job: modeling material, which constitutes the finished piece, and support material, which acts as scaffolding. Material filaments are fed from the 3D printer’s material bays to the print head, which moves in X and Y coordinates, depositing material to complete each layer before the base moves down the Z axis and the next layer begins.


Once the 3D printer is done building, the user breaks the support material away or dissolves it in detergent and water, and the part is ready to use.


FDM Benefits

FDM is a clean, simple-to-use, 3D printing process. Thermoplastic parts can endure exposure to heat, chemicals, humid or dry environments, and mechanical stress. Soluble support materials make it possible to produce complex geometries and cavities that would be difficult to build with traditional manufacturing methods.


We are ISO 9001:2000/AS9100 Certified, further ensuring that the highest standards of quality control are continuously met. If you're looking to outsource your prototype development, design engineerintg and short run production, trust the experts at Rapid PSI.


Get a Rapid Quote or contact us today for more information. 316-265-2001


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