Fused Deposition Modelling

Fused Deposition Modelling

Proven production.

FDM is the most accessible 3D printing process, from home hobbyists through to full production systems, with rapid turnaround times and a wide range of materials and colours aimed at functional applications and design verification.

How does FDM work?

Ricoh FDM Process Diagram
FDM Process Diagram

FDM constructs parts by extruding polymer through a heated nozzle, and depositing the melted material layer by layer. 

These layers then cool and solidify, resulting in a printed part that offers high durability and heat resistance. FDM requires a sacrificial support material that is deposited via a second nozzle. 

This second material is then easily removed using a simple post-process, which involves placing the printed part into a detergent to dissolve the support structure.

NYLON 12 example

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