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FDM 3D printing in the spotlight

Fused Deposition ModelLing (FDM Printing) in Additive Manufacturing

Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF printing), also known as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) in Additive Manufacturing is a technique in which, materials are extruded (pushed out) through a nozzle and joined to create 3D objects and models. Fused deposition refers to the melted filaments that emerge from the nozzle and pile up to form a 3D object or model.

Preferred Materials for FDM printing
The preferred materials for FDM printing include thermoplastics such as:

ABS

Nylon

PC

PLA

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Most FDM printers prefer these materials in the form of pellets or filaments

Fused Deposition ModelLing (FDM Printing) in Additive Manufacturing

Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF printing), also known as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) in Additive Manufacturing is a technique in which, materials are extruded (pushed out) through a nozzle and joined to create 3D objects and models. Fused deposition refers to the melted filaments that emerge from the nozzle and pile up to form a 3D object or model.

Preferred Materials for FDM printing
The preferred materials for FDM printing include thermoplastics such as:

ABS

Nylon

PC

PLA

Peek

Most FDM printers prefer these materials in the form of pellets or filaments

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Our FDM Printer Portfolio

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Markforged Mark 2

Flagship Continuous Fiber Composite 3D Printer, built to revolutionize your manufacturing operation. A leading way to make aluminum-strength parts on your desktop. Print Continuous Carbon Fiber reinforced parts on your desktop

Markforged Metal X

Print a wide range of materials from stainless steels to copper. Requires no dedicated operator, no powder management system. An accessible way to fabricate complex metal parts

Markforged FX 20

Make larger builds at incredible speeds. A precision-designed, sensor-driven production 3D printer delivers breakthrough reliability and performance with a simple user experience

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Unlock The Benefits Of FDM Printing

Flexibility​

Scalability is the major advantage of FDM 3D printing. The extension of gallantry rails enables scalability in FDM printers to deliver 3D objects of the preferred size. It is possible to manufacture large printers. Moreover, these printers are simple and cost-effective to design and develop. Thermoplastics are relatively inexpensive materials; hence, the cost of production through FDM printing is relatively low, especially when compared with resin-based or SLS-based printing formats.

Scalability​

FDM printing technology permits versatility in materials. It is capable of delivering 3D. products using various thermoplastic materials and filaments. As per the requirements, slight upgrades or modifications in these materials can be made requirements, slight upgrades or modifications in these materials can be made suitable for FDM printing, which is not always the case when resin or fine powders are used for printing.

Versatile

FDM is used to print a huge range of products, from industrial equipment to toys for kids. Depending on what is being printed, FDM printers can use a large range of filament types. Materials include nylon, PETT (t-glass), ABS plastic, PLA polymer plastic, wood filaments, metal filaments, and more. FDM is frequently used in manufacturing to make fixtures, jigs, and other tools; it is especially preferred for big, straightforward pieces.

Flexibility

Scalability is the major advantage of FDM 3D printing. The extension of gallantry rails enables scalability in FDM printers to deliver 3D objects of the preferred size. It is possible to manufacture large printers. Moreover, these printers are simple and cost-effective to design and develop. Thermoplastics are relatively inexpensive materials; hence, the cost of production through FDM printing is relatively low, especially when compared with resin-based or SLS-based printing formats.

Scalability

FDM printing technology permits versatility in materials. It is capable of delivering 3D. products using various thermoplastic materials and filaments. As per the requirements, slight upgrades or modifications in these materials can be made requirements, slight upgrades or modifications in these materials can be made suitable for FDM printing, which is not always the case when resin or fine powders are used for printing.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the FDM printing process includes a minimal number of processes compared. with the resin or SLS printing formats. Upon minimal post-production processes, such as the removal of supports and finishing touches, the 3D objects or parts are ready for use.

FDM 3d printing Industry applications

FDM printing is used extensively in the aerospace industry to manufacture lightweight parts that require complex geometrics such as brackets and ducts. FDM printing is used to manufacture prototypes using high-strength materials.
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FDM technology is used for the rapid prototyping of different components. This helps engineers test and modify their designs for improved performance and affordability.
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FDM prints various intricate and accurate scale models of landscapes and buildings used in architecture. Architects refer to these models and landscapes to enable better visualization and communication of their ideas.
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FDM technology is used for the rapid prototyping of different components. This helps engineers test and modify their designs for improved performance and affordability.
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Software used in FDM printing

Eiger

Eiger is a cloud-based software platform exclusively designed to streamline and ease the additive manufacturing process using Markforged 3d printers. Eiger’s intuitive web-based interface allows users to manage, edit and prepare their 3D designs for printing. The Eiger software includes automatic version control, real-time collaboration, and remote print job monitoring. Moreover, it supports multiple file formats and helps to optimize print settings through tools for an efficient workflow.

Blacksmith

Blacksmith is a subscription-based service available through Eiger, Markforged’s software for additive manufacturing. Blacksmith for X7 is a highly specialized software that streamlines quality control and ensures efficient manufacturing workflow. Suitable for Markforge’s X7, an industrial 3D printer, the software can scan, measure, and compare dimensional accuracy data of printed parts with their design files, to ensure the reliable delivery of accurate products
How is FDM Technology different from usual 3d printing technologies?
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Quality and finish of layers

Products printed using FDM technology have relatively lower dimensional accuracy and resolution unlike those products manufactured using SLA or Carbon DLS print and resolution unlike those products manufactured using SLA or Carbon DLS print technology.​

Products and layers of products printed through FDM display a layer stepped surface, also known as stair casing, unlike a smooth finish as displayed in product printing using SLA or Carbon DLS print technology. In technical terms, the layer adhesion mechanism of FDM printer delivers objects​​

FDM is suitable for manufacturing of prototypes only if minor details and dimensional accuracy are unimportant.​

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Dynamics of FDM Printing

Preparing the printer

The FDM printer is managed through a software for an efficient workflow.

Progress to printing

The thermoplastic material is fed into the machine nozzle via a coil

Layering

The heated nozzle melts the material deposited in 2D layers on the build platform

Finished products

Upon receiving instructions for the coordinates, the printer converts the still warm melted feed according to the size and dimensions.

Quality and finish of layers​

Products and layers of products printed through FDM display a layer stepped surface, also known as stair casing, unlike a smooth finish as displayed in product printing using SLA or Carbon DLS print technology. In technical terms, the layer adhesion mechanism of FDM printer delivers objects

Products printed using FDM technology have relatively lower dimensional accuracy and resolution unlike those products manufactured using SLA or Carbon DLS printand resolution unlike those products manufactured using SLA or Carbon DLS print technology.​

FDM is suitable for manufacturing of prototypes only if minor details and dimensional accuracy are unimportant.​

Basics of FDM Printer

Step 1

The FDM printer is attached to a computer

Step 2

The thermoplastic material is fed into the machine nozzle via a coil

Step 3

The heated nozzle melts the material deposited in 2D layers on the build platform

Step 4

Upon receiving instructions for the coordinates, the printer converts the still warm melted feed according to the size and dimensions.

Frequently Asked Questions

The important factors of an FDM 3D printer are resolution, build volume, material compatibility, accessibility, and ease of use.

No, please check the compatibility of the filaments with the FDM printers before proceeding with the purchase. It is important to match the machine specifications with the properties of the filament
before its purchase.

Build speed affects print quality, and higher speeds compromise print quality to a great extent. Hence, it is necessary to balance speed and quality as per the project requirements and ensure the
production of quality 3D objects.

Yes, FDM-printed 3D objects can undergo post-production processing, such as smoothing, sanding, and polishing, which depend on the material and desired finish.

The total cost of ownership must be considered, while the ongoing costs include the cost of
filaments, regular process upgrades, and maintenance.

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