Fused Deposition Modeling

Choosing a 3D Printer – Why FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)

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Choosing a 3D Printer – Why FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) Selecting a 3D printer is much like choosing your car. While the initial cost is generally your first criteria, as you explore options, features, safety, reliability, maintenance, etc. your focus often shifts from “cost” to “value”. Value often includes extra or ‘non-tangible’ benefits beyond the physical dollars. Some of the value questions you should be asking about 3D Printers are: Is the technology proven? Is the technology safe? Will the […]

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The Impact of 3D Printing for Plastic Design Engineers

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For plastics professionals, 3D printing has been a breakthrough for how plastic part design and production can now be accomplished. Plastic design engineers have been using 3D printing technologies such as Polyjet, to create physical models which have the same look and feel as the mass production part they’ve designed. By 3D printing their ideas, design teams can optimize every aspect from structural enhancements such as extra ribbing, to increasing wall thickness and visual changes. This visualization cannot be accomplished […]

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Optimizing Your CAD Software for FDM 3D Printing

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Whether modeling in SOLIDWORKS, Creo, NX, or any other Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, bringing your design to life is easy with a 3D Printer,  but it all starts with an STL file.  Here are some tips to consider for your next design, to get the best possible 3D Print, while reducing material waste. First, watch the walls. The width of thin walls should be designed as a multiple of the filament bead width, bearing in mind the number of […]

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Fused Deposition Modeling FAQ’s

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology, invented by Stratasys, builds professional-quality models, prototypes and parts in a range of production-grade thermoplastics. It is easy to use, reliable, clean and office friendly. Learn more with some of the most frequently asked questions answered! 1. What file format do I need to process a part for my Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) system? The Short Answer — FDM requires the use of an STL file. The Extended Version — The process of 3D printing begins […]

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Fused Deposition Modeling FAQ’s

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology, invented by Stratasys, builds professional-quality models, prototypes and parts in a range of production-grade thermoplastics. It is easy to use, reliable, clean and office friendly. Learn more with some of the most frequently asked questions answered! 1. What file format do I need to process a part for my Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) system? The Short Answer — FDM requires the use of an STL file. The Extended Version — The process of 3D printing begins […]

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Testing the durability (stiffness and strength) of plastic 3D printing materials.

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Have you ever wanted to know how rapid prototyping/3D printing materials stand up to each other? Well, the team at rapid prototyping service bureau VistaTek have and commissioned an independant study to test the durability of the most common materials on the market for rapid prototyping and 3D printing. An independant lab tested materials from a variety of technologies including; Objet, FDM, Stereolithography, and SLS. Guess what? Objet came out on top. Thats right, the Objet RGD5160 DM (AKA Objet […]

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