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FDM 3D Printing Capabilities
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a 3D printing technology widely known for its great material selection, accuracy, possibility to print large parts, and competitive cost. FDM parts are great for end-use, low-volume production, for rapid prototyping. FDM 3D prints usually do not require any post-processing.
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Multiple designs for different parts can be imported at the same time to produce a single quote. In less than a minute, a detailed cost estimation appears on the screen.
First, select the manufacturing process you require. You can then choose from over 70 materials, both metals and plastics, and from a wide range of finishes and certifications.
Once you have selected the required options, all you need to do is confirm the order and pay for it on the secure payment platform. Your design will be analysed by engineers.
Within a short amount of time, you will receive the parts you ordered directly to your shipping address. You can track your package at any time in your personal account.
Advantages of FDM with Xometry
We can quickly produce both prototypes and large batches thanks to the largest manufacturing network in Europe, with over 2,000 vetted partners
You will get your 3D printed parts fast delivered in as fast as 8 days.
We have strong QA procedures, controlled by an in-house team of QA engineers, which allows us to deliver high quality parts.
Engineering Check & Status Updates
All designs are checked by engineers before they’re sent for 3D printing. After confirming your order, you will receive status updates on your production.
FDM 3D Printing Materials
- ABS M30
- Industrial PEEK
- Nylon 12 / PA 12 (FDM)
- Nylon 12 full-colour / CB PA 12
- Nylon 12CF / PA 12 carbon-filled
- PC (Polycarbonate)
- PC ISO (Polycarbonate ISO 10993 USP Class VI)
- PC-ABS Polycarbonate
- Standard PEEK
- ULTEM 1010
- ULTEM 9085
In most of the cases FDM parts do not require any finishing. Since materials (filaments) are available in a wide color choices initially, the parts are initially printed in desired color.
Additional processing and finishes on request, such as sanding.
FDM Infill Options
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a 3D printing technology that builds a part layer by layer by depositing heated thermoplastic along an extrusion path. In this process, there are several different ways the interior areas of a part can be interpreted when the part is built. Infill describes how those interior areas of a part should be filled in.
Xometry offers three types of infill options:
- Ultralight FDM infill: Up to 20% infill density. Ultralight infill parts are filled with a single zig-zag pattern. This is the lightest and least expensive infill option
- Light FDM infill: 20-50% infill density. Light infill parts are filled with a double cross-hatch pattern. This option provides increased rigidity and is lighter than a complete solid infill
- Solid FDM infill: 50-80% infill density. Solid infill parts are filled for a higher density. This is the heaviest and more expensive option but offers the highest strength
From left to right in the picture, solid, light and ultralight FDM infill examples
Pros & Cons of FDM 3D Printing
|Large platform: you can print very large parts using this technology||Needs support elements, which can leave undesired marks after removing them|
|A very wide selection of materials and colours: over 40||Sweats small details|
|Usually do not require any post-processing||Significant layer stepping|
|Fast: Xometry can deliver them in just 8 days||Limited scalability|
|Cheap: for non-complex geometries this option might be around 15% cheaper than SLS|