Fused Deposition Modeling - QuickParts

Fused Deposition Modeling

About this process

Overview

Fused Deposition Modeling is a solid-based rapid prototyping method that extrudes material layer-by-layer to build a model. The system consists of a build platform, extrusion nozzle, and control system. This is a fast and cost effective process great for proving designs, fit and function testing, small production runs, jigs, and fixtures.

  • Large material selection – including production-quality ABS and food-grade ABS
  • Short lead times, standard lead time – 3 to 5 days.
  • High strength
  • Extremely durable
  • Concept models
  • Engineering models
  • Functional testing
  • Consumer products
  • High-heat applications
  • Initial prototypes

Tolerances for standard resolution:

  • X/Y planes: +/- .005” for the first inch, plus +/- .002” for every inch thereafter
  • Z plane: +/- .010” for the first inch, plus +/- .002” for every inch thereafter

Using engineering-grade thermoplastics such as ABS and polycarbonate materials, this technology builds parts in an additive process that enables complex geometries that are often difficult to duplicate with traditional manufacturing methods such as CNC machining. 

Advantages:

Customers in aerospace, automotive, healthcare and other industries rely on our capabilities for rapid delivery of dimensionally accurate, functional prototypes and small-quantity production parts that are able to resist high temperatures, mechanical stresses and chemical degradation. This process allows parts to be made directly from 3D CAD to thermoplastic materials without tooling.

Applications

  • Concept
  • Engineering models
  • Functional testing
  • Consumer products
  • High-heat applications
  • Initial prototypes

Materials

Mechanical PropertiesTensile StrengthTensile ModulusTensile Elongation at BreakFlexural StrengthFlexural ModulusHeat Deflection (HDT)Izod Impact, Notched
Test MethodASTM D638ASTM D638ASTM D638ASTM D790ASTM D790ASTM D648ASTM D256
Unitspsipsi%psipsiºF(ft-lb)/in
ABS3,200236,0006%6,000266,000205º2
Polycarbonate7,600290,0003%14,000310,000260º1
PC/ABS5,040265,0004.3%8,600270,000205º2.3
ABSi5,400277,7003.1%8,830264,000188º1.9
ABS-M305,200350,0004%8,800336,000204º2.6
ABS-M30i5,200350,0004%8,800336,000204º2.6
PC-ISO7,500253,0005%11,830318,000260º1
ULTEM10,390322,0005.9%n/a362,600320º2
PPSF8,000300,0003%15,900320,000372º1.1

Finishes

  • Standard:  Remove supports and any burrs or ticks
  • Primed: Standard plus spray with primer
  • Paint: Primed plus spray with paint

Let us be your resource to determine which manufacturing process is right for your project.​

rapid prototyping
Rapid Prototyping

Shows the look and feel of a product or part before committing to the more costly aspects of production.

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Low-Volume Production

Reduce tooling costs, produce customized products and bring a product to market quickly with low-volume production and bridge manufacturing.

functional prototyping
Functional Prototyping

Goes beyond the look and feel, enabling teams to assess factors such as usability, ergonomics, manufacturability and materials testing.

appearance models
Appearance Models

Turn cad files into highly realistic physical parts and assemblies for aesthetic review, trade shows and sales presentations.

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