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FDM 3D PRINTING SERVICE

Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) is a widely used technology and is ideal for large-scale printing, basic proof of concept models and simple prototyping. Our 3D printing service has one of the widest selections of materials on the market. 

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What is FDM 3D Printing?

Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) is an industrial 3D printing process that is ideal for manufacturing low-volume parts or prototypes. In FDM, wire-fed stock material is heated and extruded to build geometry layer-by-layer.

FDM machines can produce affordable plastic parts in commonly used materials from processes such as injection moulding, blow moulding, etc. These are no limited and include; ABS, ASA, PLA, PETG, PEEK, PEI / ULTEM, etc.

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Manufacturing standards for FDM 3D printed parts

We manufacture your custom parts according to strict manufacturing standards and ensure all parts and processes adhere to the clear guidelines. A thorough verification of these requirements is included in our inspection report that we ship with every order.

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BENEFITS

LOW-COST

Well-suited for large production runs, without effecting quality

MATERIALS

Wide selection of materials suitable for any application including woods and metals co-polymers

READY TO USE

FDM requires limited post-processing, most parts are ready to use straight from the machine

UV STABLE

Some FDM materials are UV stable and are suitable for most outdoor applications long-term

Advantages and drawbacks of FDM 3D printing

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Advantages

  • FDM is the most cost-effective way to produce custom thermoplastic parts and prototypes.
  • Lead times are short (typically a few days).
  • A wide range of materials is available, suitable for prototyping and industrial applications
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Drawbacks

  • FDM is not suitable for parts with very small details due to its low resolution.
  • Parts are likely to have visible layer lines, so post-processing is required for a smooth finish.
  • The layer adhesion mechanism makes parts inherently anisotropic.

Materials

Below is a list of our standard materials offered at our FDM 3D printing service. To instantly compare material prices, upload your parts to our online platform. To see material-specific tolerances please see here

Group

Type

Standard

Standard

Fire Retardant (V-0) & Transparent

Carbon Fibre, Glass Fibre & Fire Retardant (V-0)

ULTEM 1010, ULTEM 9085, ULTEM-CF

Standard & Carbon Fibre

Standard

Spilled Plastic Material Pellets
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FDM 3D PRINTING - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) builds upon pre-determined geometry through wire fed plastic feed stock.

260 x 260 x 260 mm or 10 x 10 x 10 “

FDM is well-suited for basic proof-of-concept models and simple prototyping.

Parts with overhangs greater than 45 degrees will require support material. Our technicians will assess your parts and add this in automatically when programming your order.

We have a choice of Black, Grey and White colours for most materials, with some colour options available upon request. We also offer media blasting and professional spray painting services. 

All of our FDM materials can be hand finished apart from TPU.

Our PLA, PETG and PolyCarbonate materials are rated for food-contact. 

You can specify when placing our order your desired orientation using our order messaging system, otherwise our technical team will automatically orientate your part for you.

  • To reduce your part costs there are a number of options available; reduce the quality, reduce the infill, scale down the part and reduce the part thickness.

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