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FDM is a fast and extremely versatile choice
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Our FDM 3D Printing Services

Fused Deposition Modelling or FDM is what most people think of when they think 3D printing. It is one of the more common 3D printing technologies and also one of the most versatile, but also most misunderstood. Most people assume FDM is only used for very basic prototypes and models but FDM parts are also used in very intense aerospace and automotive applications as well as a world of other uses.

FDM’s wide range of material options make it a great choice for quick prototype and low volume production.

 

Maximum Build Size 800 x 800 x 550 mm (31.5″ x 31.5″ x 21.6″)
Lead Time 2-3 days
Resolution ± 0.3mm
Prototyping Applications Low-fidelity, proof-of-concept prototyping and visual design verification.
End-Use Applications Low-volume non-visual end parts, such as jigs and fixtures.

FDM Materials

PA

Nylon (or Polyamide) is an extremely durable material with great strength to flexibility ratio, which becomes an alternative to standard PLA or ABS. This filament is commonly used for semi-flexible and mechanical parts since its chemical, wear and UV resistance is higher compared with basic 3D printing plastics.
Material Reference
Nylon12CF, Nylon12, Nylon6
Appearance
Black, White, Beige
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High Performance Material

High performance plastics are plastics that meet higher requirements than standard or engineering plastics. They have high thermal stability, superior mechanical properties, and outstanding chemical resistance.
Process
FDM
Material Reference
TPU92A, ULTEM1010, PPSF/PPSU, ULTEM9085
High Performance Material

PLA

FDM PLA (polylactic acid) is highly versatile. It prints reliably with high dimensional accuracy and a quality surface finish. As such, it is ideal for a range of applications – from detailed prototypes to simple manufacturing jigs and gauges.
Material Reference
Tough PLA
Appearance
Many Colours
PLA Material

ABS

FDM ABS is a rigid, tough, heat resistant material that offers superior aesthetics. It is a great choice for creating functional prototypes and complex end-use parts.
Material Reference
ABS-M30,ABS-M30i, ABSi, ABS-ESD7
Appearance
Many Colours
ABS Material

PC

PC has high impact resistance, wear resistance and can withstand functional testing. It is commonly used in the medical, automotive and telecommunications industries.
Process
FDM
Material Reference
PC-ABS, PC-ISO, PC
Appearance
White, Transparent
PC Material

ASA

ASA (Acrylonitrile styrene acrylate), also called acrylic styrene acrylonitrile, is as tough and dependable as ABS. Though it offers less impact resistance, ASA is much more UV-stable than ABS, hence is better for outdoor applications.
Material Reference
ABS-like
Appearance
Many Colours
ASA
PA High Performance Material PLA ABS PC ASA

Typical FDM Finishing Options

Applicable Materials Colors Description
Bead Blasting All Bead blasting may offer a more comprehensive solution for smoothing, especially for complex parts with hard-to-reach areas.
Painting All Black, Pantone/RAL colours Painting is a way to add colour and hide layer lines, overall, a great way to improve the aesthetics of FDM parts.
Plating ABS Metallic Plating is method of adding a thin layer of metal of the outer layer of a material. It is used to harden, decorate and improve wearability of parts.

About The Process

FDM extrudes a plastic filament material through a nozzle, laying it down one layer at a time. It can make parts with complex geometries as well as simple housings and fixtures. Due to the restrictions of the process any overhanging features will require support material. This support needs to be removed in post process.

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3D Printing Services Comparison

SLA SLS DMLS MJP FDM SLM MJF
Range of Material Options
Geometry Complexity
Batch Discount
Scalability
Precision Tolerance
Fine Details
Large Parts

 

3 star = excellent | 2 star = good | 1 star = poor in comparison

Advantages of FDM 3D Printing

Large Build
HLH can produce FDM parts with large build volumes up to 800 x 800 x 550 mm (31.5″ x 31.5″ x 21.6″).

Complex Geometries
Geometries that are too complex or costly for CNC machining can be printed easily, allowing you to add complexity without additional cost.

Rapid Turnaround
FDM parts do not require tooling which reduces the manufacturing lead time from weeks to days, allowing for faster innovation and speed to market.

Strength
FDM printed parts are available in a variety of high-performance plastics for applications that require resistance to the elements.

FDM FAQs

Fused Deposition Modelling or FDM is an additive manufacturing technology that creates parts by extruding thermoplastics, such as ABS, PLA, through a heated nozzle, melting the material and applying the plastic layer by layer to a build platform. FDM builds strong, durable and dimensionally stable parts.

FDM is often used to create industrial-strength, high-performance parts in the aerospace, automotive, robotics, and electronics industries.

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