FDM Printing

About FDM

Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), a widely accessible form of 3D printing, is an advanced manufacturing technology that constructs parts layer by layer. It uses a process of selectively depositing melted plastic to form the object from the bottom up. The modelling software first slices the 3D CAD file into layers, creating a path for the nozzle to follow during the printing process.

How FDM Printing Works

FDM printers heat thermoplastic materials to a semi-liquid state and then deposit them in fine beads along the predetermined path. When additional support structures are required, the printer deposits a removable material that acts as scaffolding. These supports can later be dissolved in a water and detergent solution or manually removed, leaving behind the final part.

Benefits of FDM Printing

Materials Used in FDM Printing

Applications of FDM Printing