Fused Deposition Modeling or FDM printing is a 3D printing process that builds parts layer by layer from the bottom up by heating thermoplastic filament. The 3D printer heats the thermoplastic to a semi-liquid state and deposits it in fine beads along the extrusion path. Where support or buffering is needed, the printer deposits a removable material that acts as scaffolding. Resolution and side wall definition can be adjusted by selecting either the standard extrusion nozzle diameter or a fine nozzle. Using the fine (smaller diameter) nozzle does increase built time.
Materials that can be used are ABS, PLA, CF-PLA [Carbon Fiber Infused], Nylon, Woodfill & metal finishes.
3D Printing is a more cost effective option for applications that don’t require extreme tolerances. Our printers can print at 50-100 microns.
Examples of FDM printing:
Star Vase printed in the clear and black filament.
Aztec Rattlesnake stone carving reproduced in black filament. This piece will be used to create a master for molding and casting a stone-like replica. This object is part of “Scan The World”.
Scan the World is a non-profit initiative introduced by MyMiniFactory, focused on creating a digital archive of fully 3D printable sculptures, artworks and landmarks from across the globe. The archive provides artworks for education and inspiration for the public to access for free. This piece is from the British Museum in London.