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On-Demand FDM 3D Printing
FDM, also known as FFF 3d printing, is the most employed and popular additive manufacturing technology. Along with excellent rapid prototyping, FDM manufacturing can also offer seamless production of functional parts. We at KARV Automation offer full-fledged and on-demand FDM 3d printing to give your business a lead.
What is FDM Technology?
Fused deposition modeling is a widely preferred additive manufacturing method that creates objects by selectively depositing melted material in a layered manner. It belongs to the material extrusion category in which the FDM printer uses thermoplastic polymers. FDM is the extensive installed base of printers globally, and it’s a superior technology even for hobbyists.
How Does the FDM Process Work?
3D Model DesigningThe first step is preparing a 3D model of the design that you need to print. The engineer will create a 3D model using CAD software and then convert the model into an OBJ or STL file. If you are printing a design on your own, you don’t need to change the settings unless you know what customizations you need. Next, the STL file goes through slicing software that slices the design to make it compatible with the printer. Finally, the slicing software sends instructions to the printer.
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FDM 3D Printing ProcessThis technology also prints the object layer-by-layer by heating the thermoplastic material to a semi-liquid state. This 3d printing process uses two materials to perform the printing operation. The first is the modeling material for the final product, and the second is the support material.
The materials are fed into the printer, and the printing head moves in X and Y coordinates to deposit material as per the CAD design. The printer’s head completes each layer before the base moves to the Z-axis, and then the layer printing starts.
Post-ProcessingOnce the process is completed, engineers remove the support material manually or dissolve it in water. The part becomes ready to use if there is no requirement for a specific surface finish. KARV Automation offers a wide range of finishing options like sanding, bead blasting, tumbling, and many more.
Why Choose FDM?
Highly ResistantFDM parts are highly resistant and are ready to withstand stress with high repeatability.
Great PersonalizationFDM, compared to other technologies, is more customizable without increasing the end product’s price.
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Low-Cost ProductionFDM 3d printing service cost is significantly lower than several other traditional and additive processes.
Fused Deposition Modeling Applications
- Rapid prototyping
- Functional testing
- Engineering & concept models
- Tooling / jigs & fixtures
- Low-volume production of complex parts
Industries Using FDM
- Commercial products
- Nylon 6
- NYLON 12
- ULTEM 9085
- ULTEM 1010
Advantages of FDM
- FDM is simple to use, and a beginner can also operate the machine.
- The overall turnaround times of FDM technology are short.
- FDM printers support a variety of materials that enhance creativity.
- This technology can print complex geometries and cavities with higher accuracy.
- FDM can efficiently work with industry-grade thermoplastics that offer high mechanical qualities.