Fused Deposition Modeling Services Process

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The Fused Deposition Modeling Services (FDM) Process 

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Fused deposition modeling (FDM) services puts plastic prototypes within your reach. Strong, durable, and moldable, FDM is a suitable process for many rapid prototyping applications. The FDM process is categorized by three distinct steps. 

1. Pre-Processing

2. Production

3. Post-Processing

Fused Deposition modeling services, like other rapid prototyping services starts with a CAD file. Utilizing your 3D CAD software you can prepare a design file ready for FDM processing.   Once the FDM team at Proto3000 has a file the fun part begins. Layer by layer material is extruded to produce ultra thin layers, slowly building the model.  After completing the build, the final step in your fused deposition modeling (FDM) service is finishing the part. This includes washing or stripping away any support material


Let Proto3000 Handle Your FDM Service Needs

As an outsourcing partner, Proto3000 can provide invaluable expertise and cost savings for prototyping and fused deposition modeling (FDM) service needs. Our experience and complete solution offerings mean a simple concept can be elevated to a tangible product. Proto3000 can provide assistance in any step in the FDM process, feel free to call us today to see what we can do for you. 

The general terms for creating a prototype using the fused deposition model method is as follows:

Lead time: Normally 1-3 business days depending on build capacity. Local customers are welcomed to pick up models from our facility
FDM Layer thickness: Horizontal build layers can be built in three options fine (.007"), standard (.010"), and rough draft (.013")
Minimum Wall Thickness: .020"
Dimensional Tolerances: ABS models maintain tolerances of +/- .005" for the first inch, and +/- 0.002" for each additional inch. In the z height (vertical), standard tolerances of +/- 0.010" for the first inch, +/- 0.002” on every inch thereafter.
Build size: For a single piece is 10" x 10" x 12". Models that are larger than the build envelope can be divided, printed as separate pieces, & assembled.


Rapid Prototyping FDM is the prototyping and modeling method of choice for engineers and designers in the medical, technology, automotive, military, aerospace, consumer goods, toy, and architecture fields because of it's capability to build in durable ABS plastic. The inexpensive and rapid development of FDM prototypes greatly reduces design-to-production time and allows for much higher return on investment (ROI). The Dimension and Fortus series of 3D printers are fully capable units. The use of the material does depend on the compatability with the FDM machine you are using. For even greater flexibility and rubber-like materials a more efficient solution is polyjet matrix technology. The shortfalls of FDM rapid prototyping is that it is relatively outdated. With greater expectations from functional prototypes it is sometimes more efficient for multi-material and digital material combinations. 



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