Using Stratasys FDM (fused deposition modelling) 3D printing machines allows engineers to make parts in a variety of thermoplastics including ABS, polycarbonate, ASA, Nylon 6, carbon fibre composites and even elastomer. The materials are all industrial-grade and include some high-performance engineered thermoplastics.
The 18 available FDM materials offer numerous properties that include transparency, biocompatibility, FST certification, biocompatibility, chemical resistance, sterilisation-compatibility, high thermal resistance and high strength.
FDM additive manufacturing extrudes micron layers of thermoplastic to build final parts. As with most additive manufacturing processes, FDM machines use a sacrificial support structure, but the ABS materials have something few others do: no-touch support removal. A soluble support material eliminates manual labour and parts can be placed in a tank for the supports to be dissolved away.
FDM thermoplastics are used in numerous industries from aerospace to automotive, rail to medical – to go beyond prototyping and into jig, fixtures, and low volume production end-use parts. Increasingly, FDM thermoplastics are replacing metals and helping many industries lightweight components.
Find out more in this white paper about the variety of standard, engineering and high-performance thermoplastics. Learn about the different FDM thermoplastics and get essential information regarding application fit, material characteristics and discover the best choice for your use case.
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