Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is changing the rules of design by offering a cost-effective production-grade method for complex builds. By building prototypes one layer at a time, you can do short run iterative testing and maintain design complexity to achieve functionality. Before Fused Deposition Modeling, engineers worried about design structures that were difficult to replicate. Now you can create functional prototypes, concept models or production parts that - depending on part geometry - can withstand exposure to heat, chemicals and mechanical stress for a fraction of previous cost.

 

How It Works

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) builds parts by heating material that gets fed through a print head after reaching a semi-liquid state.  It builds each part layer by layer, adding support material where needed.  Each layer is determined during setup where a program creates a path to build the part.  Once a layer is complete, the base lowers so the next layer can be added.  Each layer is added until the program is complete and parts are ready to be removed from the machine.  Support material is removed by breaking away the tiny pieces or placing the part in a water/detergent mix that safely dissolves the support material.  

Machine: FORTUS 400mc™ 

Parts are produced within +/- 0.005"

Build Envelope: 16" x 14" x 16"

Leadtime: 2-5 Days

Production Thermoplastics

Layer Thickness = 0.010"  |  0.254mm
Minimum Feature Size = 0.040"  |  1.016mm

Applications

Functional prototypes, concept models, parts that withstand heat, chemical and mechanical stress

MaterialBuild EnvelopeAttributesColors
ABS-M30 15.5"x13.5"x15.75" Production thermoplastic Natural & Black
PC-ABS 15.5"x13.5"x15.75" Polycarbonate-ABS thermoplastic Natural & Black