FDM (fused deposition modeling)

TrayoTek deliver FDM (fused deposition modeling) 3D Printing services that are accurate, efficient, and cost-effective.

FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing, also known as fused filament fabrication (FFF), is an additive manufacturing process within the material extrusion. FDM builds parts layer by layer by selectively depositing melted material in a predetermined path. It uses thermoplastic polymers that come in filaments to form the final physical objects.

Composing the largest installed base of 3D printers worldwide, FDM is the most widely used technology across most industries, and likely the first process you think of when 3D Printing outcomes.

FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D Printing Services

FDM uses CAD design files that are uploaded to the machine itself and translates them into physical dimensions. Material for FDM includes polymers such as ABS, PLA, PETG, PC, etc… which the machine feeds as threads through a heated nozzle.

FDM is the most common, recognizable, and widely available 3D printing technology. FDM printers can build parts quickly and with a lot of strength in a range of thermoplastics at an economical cost.

FDM is a filament-based technology that works by melting thermoplastic via a heated extruder. The melted plastic is then deposited onto the printer’s build platform one layer upon another layer. Each layer hardens and cools down instantly upon the previous layer, binding both layers together. Support structures are created where needed or for more complex overhanging geometries.

FDM 3D Printing Applications

  • Prototypes for form, fit, and function testing
  • Prototypes directly constructed in production materials like PLA, ABS, Nylon
  • Low-volume production of complex end-use parts
  • Patterns for Sand casting & molds with lesser detailing 

Technical requirements For FDM

  • Minimum Wall thickness: 2 mm
  • Minimum details size: 2 mm (for text/ hole diameters etc)
  • Layer thickness: 0.1 mm – 0.3 mm
  • Max dimensions: 550 x 550 x 550 mm. Large parts can be created by assembling individual parts by interlocking designs or gluing them together. 
  • Standard Accuracy: ± 0.3% (with a lower limit of ± 0.3 mm).
  • Lead Time: Minimum 2 working days for despatch (It depends on Part)
  • Surface finish: visible layers with texture.

Suitable Materials for FDM

  • PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a biodegradable thermoplastic derived from renewable resources such as corn starch or sugarcane. It is used for low-cost, non-functional prototyping. Offers greater detail than ABS, but is more brittle. Unsuitable for high-temperature applications. Comes in a range of colors, properties, and finish options such as silk, glow-in-the-dark, and color change in temperature.
  • PLA – Carbon Fibre. 
  • ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) has good mechanical properties, with excellent impact strength, superior to PLA, but less defined details. Commonly used for enclosure prototypes.
  • ABS – Carbon Fibre
  • PetG (Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol) is a thermoplastic material with improved mechanical properties over PLA and excellent chemical and moisture resistance.
  • PetG – Carbon Fibre is the ideal filament for anyone that desires a structural component with high modulus, excellent surface quality, dimensional stability, lightweight, and ease of printing.

We excel in the following areas:

  • Engineers who are multi-skilled, qualified, and experienced.
  • Open to using a range of software and dealing with a variety of tasks.
  • The final product is of high quality and satisfies all of the requirements.
  • Dedicated system for quality control.
  • Promise reliable solutions as per client requirements.
  • 3D parameter-based modeling, library and free-form surface modeling, 3D printing modeling, technical documentation, rendering, and animation are all technical skills.

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