Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

Additive manufacturing process utilizing thermoplastic extrusion to build structures layer by layer.

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 About Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

FDM technology uses heat to liquefy a thermoplastic material. The thermoplastic is then extruded in a fine bead along a path set by the build file. Support structures are often necessary and can be broken off or dissolved once the build is complete.

Build Specs

With a build envelope of 16” x 14” x 16” we can accommodate a large range of FDM projects. Sometimes items will require support structures during printing, easily removed post-process. Layer thickness will vary between 0.005” – 0.013”, dependent on material selection.  

FDM Materials

The FDM process offers an ever-growing array of versatile materials. Suitable for everything from unique prototypes to production parts, each material offers distinct advantages. To see the FDM materials we currently offer, click the link below. 

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FDM Tolerances

Parts are produced within an accuracy of +/- .005 inch or +/-.0015 inch per inch, whichever is greater. Part geometry, wall thickness, and build orientation can have an effect on tolerances.  Please let us know if you have critical dimensions that need to be met.

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