FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling)
Fused Deposition Modeling is a process where thermoplastic materials are extruded and deposited layer-by-layer, fusing each new layer to the one below.
FDM prototyping and direct digital manufacturing systems create accurate, functional prototypes using a variety of high-performance engineering materials like ABS (Acrylonitrile/butadiene/styrene) , PC (polycarbonate) and PPSF (polyphenylsulfone). Medical grade materials also available such as PC-ISO which meets ISO 10993-1 and USP Class VI standards in its raw state.
NOTE: Parts produced from the FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) process must be re-certified before using in these types of applications. It is the responsibility of the finished device manufacturer to make a determination of the suitability of all the component parts and materials to be used in the finished products. PC-ISO can be sterilized using either the gamma radiation or ethylene oxide (EtO) method.
Capable of building parts up to 600 x 500 x 600 mm in one piece, there is a wide variety of materials available in various colours.
Popular for medical and automotive applications, FDM produces functional working prototypes suitable for form fit and function testing.
To view a clip of FDM printing using Stratasys machines click here: FDM Prototyping and Digital Manufacturing