FDM

With an armada of Stratasys FORTUS equipment, we are uniquely qualified to produce your prototypes and production components in our ISO 9001 rated manufacturing facility.

Using real engineering grade thermoplastics, our FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) process extrudes ABS plastic layer by layer, in a variety of thicknesses as fine as .005 per layer. Known for its robustness, FDM produces accurate prototypes and end-use parts with exceptional tensile strength, flexibility, high melt points, UV resistance, and more. Furthermore, our arsenal of Fortus 900’s boast an incredibly large build chamber of 36 x 24 x 36 for rapid creation of large models.

With incredible mechanical properties, these high performance parts are can be drilled, tapped, and threaded and won’t shrink or warp over time. FDM parts are also perfect for rapid manufacturing applications and serve as master patters for our ProCAST RTV Urethane Casting process for higher volume applications.

For the ultimate in aesthetics and function, we operate our Finishing Touch Smoothing Station for vapor honing of FDM parts that are 15 times smoother, producing more aesthetically pleasing parts, with minimal post processing.

BENEFITS

  • Production Thermoplastics
  • Large Parts
  • High Strength, Durable Parts
  • High heat deflection & chemical resistance
  • UV Stability
  • Color Options
FDM - Fused Deposition Modeling - Ultem 9085 for high heat resistance parts

APPLICATIONS

  • Functional Prototypes - can withstand rigorous testing
  • End Use Production Parts
  • Large Parts with 5 900's in house
  • Master Patterns for ProCAST RTV tools

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Standard Lead Time2-4 days
Standard Accuracytypically within +/- a single build layer thickness for the first inch and +/- .002” for every inch thereafter.
Layer Thickness.005 - .007 - .010 - .013 - .020 depending upon material
Minimum Feature SizeVaries with material and extrude nozzle size used, generally .030" is a good rule of thumb
Minimum Wall ThicknessVaries with material and extrude nozzle size used, generally .040" is a good rule of thumb
FinishesFDM parts can be painted, impregnated, sanded, smoothed / vapor honed (ABS & ASA ONLY) we define our available finishes in three strata: Engineering, Engineering Plus, Forecast Quality

MATERIALS

  • ABS-M30
  • ASA
  • NYLON 12
  • NYLON 12CF
  • PC (Polycarbonate)
  • PC-ABS
  • ULTEM 9085

FDM RESOLUTION

Fortus FDM propeller 005
.005" resolution - CLICK ON PHOTO FOR LARGER IMAGE note this propeller was built at 005 thousandths, standing up on edge on our FORTUS 400 FDM machine
.007" resolution - CLICK ON PHOTO FOR LARGER IMAGE
ABS Propeller - FORTUS FDM
.010" resolution - CLICK ON PHOTO FOR LARGER IMAGE
FDM propeller - ABS 013
.013" resolution - CLICK ON PHOTO FOR LARGER IMAGE

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