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What Is fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D Printing?

Fused deposition molding (FDM), also known as fused filament processing (FFF), belongs to the material extrusion series. Fused deposition molding (FDM) is one of the most common and widely used 3D printing technologies at home and abroad, which is based on the principle of fused deposition molding. FDM technology uses filament-like thermoplastic polymers, mostly filament-like wire materials. By heating the print head, the plastic filament material is melted and accurately extruded, and 3D parts are printed layer by layer on the work table. Customers are able to produce parts using materials they are familiar with additive manufacturing, or test 3D printed prototypes using the same materials they plan to use in injection molding.

Lori can achieve hundreds of FDM equipment one-click printing, a variety of materials, a variety of colors available to customers, whether it is a batch order, or large size (acceptable splicing) samples can be delivered in a short period of time.

How does fdm 3d printing work?

  1. 1. Load the selected thermoplastic material filament into the print head. Once the nozzle reaches the temperature required for the material to melt, the material filaments enter the extrusion head and melt in the nozzle.
  2. 2. The print head is connected to a gantry above the flat build platform, allowing the printhead to move freely in three directions XYZ, and controlling the extrusion of this molten material through the nozzle and deposition on the print bed, so that the material is printed layer by layer on the build platform in a set path.
  3. 3. The printed platform needs to be heated to help the material deposit onto the build platform, and once the bottom layer is completed, the build platform will drop slightly relative to the thickness of the deposited layer, and the print head will start printing the next layer.
  4. 4. By controlling the position of the print head relative to the platform, this printing process is repeated in successive layers until the part is complete.
  5. 5. After printing, remove the support, take out the printed FDM part, and perform surface treatment.

FDM 3D Printing Materials

FDM 3D printing technology has been greatly developed, and the research and development of printing materials has also been constantly innovated. Lori currently has a wide variety of FDM printing materials, each has its advantages and disadvantages, but overall, Lori’s future FDM printing materials mainly have the following types.

Fused Deposition Modeling Applications

Fused Deposition Modeling is the most common 3D printing process, the FDM process can be used for high precision printing of simple parts, but in recent years, with the rapid development of 3D printing technology, industrial grade FDM equipment has emerged, and industrial and medical grade FDM printing materials, which greatly expands the application field of FDM process.

Lori Fused Deposition Modeling's Main Applications

Automotive industry: Automotive companies create prototypes using FDM automotive functional parts such as engine parts, air conditioning vents, interior parts, and functional prototypes of car bodies. 3D printing to produce automotive functional parts such as interior trim.

Building models: FDM's large build volume and cost effectiveness make it ideal for building scale models. Architects can print detailed models of buildings in three dimensions, enabling clients to accurately visualize designs.

Aerospace industry: Using 3D printing technology, lightweight aerospace parts can be printed, which not only reduces manufacturing and transportation costs, but also realizes the efficient production of parts. Such as turbine pump impeller and other key power components.

Medical field: The application of FDM 3D printing is also becoming more and more extensive. It enables custom printing of dental braces, artificial bones and other implants, enabling precision medicine and significantly improving surgical success.


Fused Deposition Modeling Resources

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