• Fused Deposition Modeling
  • Extruded ABS plastic
FDM Post-Processing

In an effort to extend the use of Additive Manufacturing in more applications involving fluid pressure, parts manufactured with Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) were sealed with a variety of sealants and tested under applied pressure. Eleven sealants with diverse chemical properties were applied to multiple geometries of FDM-fabricated pressure caps through brushing or vacuum infiltration. The caps were installed on pressure vessels and subsequently tested while safety precautions were taken to avoid catastrophic failure (i.e., exploding) caused by pressure differentials. Results of the testing provides a sealing method using BJB TC-1614 that enables FDM-fabricated parts to withstand pressures up to ~276 kPa (40psi) through brushing and ~138 kPa (20 psi) through vacuum infiltration. Click here to view the full white paper from University Texas at El Paso.

FDM Applications
FDM Post Processing