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FDM 3D Printing – How FDM 3D Printing Works

 

FDM 3D printing is one option you have available when it comes to manufacturing products via the use of a 3D printer. Other options range from Stereolithography Apparatus (SLA) to Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). However, in this post we will focus on FDM specifically, which stands for Fused Deposition Modelling.

 

From end-use parts, to functional prototypes, to concept models, FDM is ideal for a wide assortment of builds. So, let’s take a look at how this type of 3D printing works. The process is quite simple, as the thermoplastic filament is heated and extruded to build parts, layer by layer from the bottom up. When you invest in an FDM 3D printing UK service, the process will always begin with pre-processing, which will involve using a program to slice and position the CAD file. It will also calculate a path to extrude the thermoplastic and any additional support material. Once this is done, the thermoplastic is then heated by the 3D printer until it is in a state that can be described as semi-liquid. After this, the liquid is deposited along the extrusion path in ultra-fine beads. The removable material is often deposited, acting as scaffolding, when buffering or support is required. The final part of the process is post-processing when the support material is dissolved or broken away in a mix of water and detergent so that the part is ready to use. From making complex cavities and geometrics practical to easy use of technology, there are many benefits associated with this approach.

 

If you want to benefit from an outstanding FDM 3D printing service, the only thing you need to do is contact Microworkshops, as they have an impeccable reputation in the industry. Despite offering an exceptional service, their prices are surprisingly competitive. Head to http://microworkshops.co.uk/ or send the company an email at info@microworkshops.co.uk.