What is Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)?
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a 3D printing process popular for its accuracy, speed, and competitive cost. In Fused Deposition Modeling a melted plastic filament is extruded to create a 3d object. Parts created using Fused Deposition Modeling are very rigid and are well suited for projects with a rigidity requirement.
Fused Deposition Modeling requires a 3 step process:
Pre-processing – Software slices and converts a 3D CAD file into information that can be used for printing the part.
Production – An extruder head extrudes a melted plastic filament one layer at a time until the part is completed.
Post-processing – During post-processing, the support material is removed and custom finishes are applied.