FDM prototypes or Fused Deposition Modeling prototypes are created using additive manufacturing technology. It is one of the many most widely used techniques used for 3D printing. These prototypes work on an additive principle where the materials are developed in layers. FDM starts with a software process that includes an STL file.
The process continues by heating and extruding a thin filament of thermoplastic to create parts layer by layer. Heating is important because it helps fuse the layers, strengthening the structural integrity of the prototype. FDM is great when it comes to printing complex 3D parts that require high-performance material properties. These FDM prototypes allow for real-world testing, showing if your product needs more improvement, or will function how you need it to. At Met-L- Flo, Inc., we have a vast amount of FDM materials to assure the best match for your custom FDM prototypes.
FDM parts and prototypes can have a very high surface finish using different post-production methods. FDM parts can be sanded, polished, primed and painted, cold-welded, coated with epoxy, or plated with metal.
For more information on prototypes produced with FDM and the FDM process, feel free to call us at 1-800-MET-L-FLO or simply fill out the contact form on the right and one of our knowledgeable representatives will get back to you shortly.
Multiple Applications of FDM Prototypes
- High Heat Environments
- High-Stress Environments
- Chemical Environments
- End-Use and Low Volume Production Parts
- Production Aids
- Jigs and Fixtures
- Sheet Metal Forming Dyes
- Composite Layup Tools
- Sand Casting Patterns
Custom Jigs & Fixtures
These can be produced using FDM. FDM is a good option for custom jigs and fixtures due to the high heat and high-stress environments. Custom printed jigs and fixtures can greatly improve your production line and floor productivity. These jigs and fixtures will be perfectly sized to fit in your shop and perform how they need to.
FDM prototypes offer plenty of advantages and benefits as well such as fast quotes, fast turnaround, real-world thermoplastics, heat resistance, and chemical resistance.
Contact Us for More Information on FDM Prototypes
For more information on FDM services or if you have any questions about FDM or our other services, call us at 1-800-MET-L-FLO today and let Met-L-Flo create and bring your conceptual design to life. Or fill out the form located on the right side of this page and one of our associates will get back to you shortly.