Fused Deposition Modelling
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?
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.