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Fused Deposition Modeling

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FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)

The Fortus 400mc prints parts in a variety of materials; two highly demanded options are ULTEM 9085 and ABS-M30i. ULTEM 9085 is a flame retardant high performance thermoplastic highly valued for its high strength-to-weight ratio and its flame, smoke, and toxicity rating. This material is useful for aerospace, automotive and military applications.

The second material, ABS-M30i, is a high strength material, suitable for medical and pharmaceutical applications requiring the strength and heat resistance of polycarbonate, the flexibility of ABS, and excellent feature definition and surface finish. The Fortus 400mc uses multiple layers by heating thermoplastic material to a semi-liquid state and extruding it according to computer-controlled paths. This process is ideal for anyone looking for strong, durable production parts.

FDM Technology builds parts layer-by-layer from the bottom up by heating and extruding thermoplastic filament.

  1. Pre-processing: Build-preparation software slices and positions a 3D CAD file and calculates a path to extrude thermoplastic and any necessary support material.
  2. Production: The 3D printer heats the thermoplastic to a semi-liquid state and deposits it in ultra-fine beads along the extrusion path. Where support or buffering is needed, the 3D printer deposits a removable material that acts as scaffolding.
  3. Post-processing: The user breaks away support material or dissolves it in detergent and water, and the part is ready to use.
ABS M30 – black or white
Ultem 9085
  • The technology is clean, simple-to-use and office-friendly
  • Supported production-grade thermoplastics are mechanically and environmentally stable
  • Complex geometries and cavities that would otherwise be problematic become practical with FDM technology

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