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3D Printing

3D Printers use high grade and high-performance thermoplastics, photopolymers, and metals that are historically used in engineering- and manufacturing processes.  With our printers we can produce complex high-requirement parts in a fast and efficient manner while providing flexibility, responsiveness, and control that cannot be obtained with historical manufacturing processes.  All produced parts have a smooth surface finish. ME 3D Offers a Variety of 3D Printing Technologies. http://me3dprint.com/3d-printing-slm/ http://me3dprint.com/3d-printing-sla/ http://me3dprint.com/3d-printing-sls/ http://me3dprint.com/3d-printing-laser-deposition/ http://me3dprint.com/3d-printing-conformal-cooling/ http://me3dprint.com/3d-printing-fdm/

FDM 3D printing in thermoplastics

FDM (FFF) – Fused Deposition Modelling

Is the process of extruding a thermoplastic filament over a heated a extrusion tip and laying down the melted plastic in and organised pattern so as to create functional and usable items.  Following is a list of the materials we work in and typical characteristics and applications for the respective materials.

  • Nylon 12 – combines strength with excellent fatigue properties

    • Is suitable for applications requiring:
      • Repetitive snap fits,
      • High fatigue resistance,
      • Strong chemical resistance
      • Press (friction) fit inserts.
      • Tooling, jigs and fixtures
      • Covers
      • Panels
      • Vibration resistant components
    • Primarily used in:
      • Aerospace
      • Automotive
      • Motorsport
      • Consumer goods
      • Manufacturing of all types
  • Polycarbonate ISO (PC-ISO) – an industrial thermoplastic, which in its raw state, is biocompatible (ISO 10993 USP Class VI) and can be gamma or EtO sterilized.  It is a strong, heat-resistant engineering plastic.
    • Commonly used in:
      • Food and drug packaging
      • Medical device manufacturing
  • ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate) – ASA is now the most popular all-purpose FDM thermoplastic used for prototyping and for the production of functional end-use components. ASA exceeds the mechanical properties of ABS.

    • Charteristics and Qualities:
      • Provides exceptional UV stability
      • As a thermoplastic it is very strong
      • Available in a wide range of colour and matte finish
      • Offers the best aesthetics of any FDM thermoplastic
      • Ideal for attractive prototypes
    • Uses and Industries:
      • Consumer sporting goods
      • Tools and fixtures
      • Automotive components and accessories.
      • End-use parts
      • Outdoor commercial use
      • Infrastructure use
  • Polycarbonate ABS (PC-ABS) – one of the most extensively used industrial thermoplastics in industry. This is because it contains a combination of properties from both materials both of which have properties that are desirable. PC offers heat resistance. ABS offers flexibility.
    • Industries used in:
      • Automotive
      • Electronics
      • Telecommunications
    • Applications:
      • Conceptual Modelling
      • Functional Prototyping
      • Manufacturing Tools
      • End-use Parts
  • Polycarbonate (PC) – lets engineers and designers combine the speed and agility of 3D printing with the reliability of the most widely used industrial thermoplastics.  PC is a true industrial thermoplastic that creates strong parts that withstand functional testing.

    • Widely used in:
      • automotive
      • aerospace
      • medical
      • coneptual modelling
      • functional prototyping
      • manufacturing tools
      • end-use parts (consumer & industrial)
      • many other applications
    • Offers:
      • accuracy
      • durability
      • stability
      • superior mechanical properties to ABS and a number of other thermoplastics
  • PLA (Polyactic Acid) –  is a bio-plastic derived from corn and is a very popular filament among the “maker crowd” due to its relatively inexpensive price and biodegradability.
    • Characteristics:
      • hard
      • strong
      • low rate of thermal expansion
    • Suitable for:
      • consumer (non-industrial) based applications
      • prototypes
      • functional models not requiring to be able to function under stress or load
      • indoor decorative applications for home and commercial use

 

FDM is Trademarked by Stratasys Corporation so many other companies need to use ther terminology Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF).

 



FDM 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing