FDM 3D Printing

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Although the possibilities are endless for product development and manufacturing, most applications fall into four main categories for FDM 3D Printing:

Concept Models
Early in the design process, you can use FDM to make models to review form, fit and ergonomics. Then update your design based on any flaws you have identified. Again print, review and update your design. Repeat the iteration process until you find the perfect concept. Shifting from the 2D world to physical parts will accelerate the product development process and lower cost. 3D parts that you can touch and feel improve design communication, so you can make better decisions faster.

Functional Prototypes

To prove your design, you can make a functional precision prototype. Use FDM parts for performance tests and rigorous engineering assessments. Producing functional prototype components typically takes from a few hours to overnight. It will allow you to catch flaws before they become costly engineering changes. It also reduces time to market and maximizes product performance.

Manufacturing Tools

In your company’s  manufacturing process, is there a need for jigs, fixtures, gauges, patterns, molds and dies? You can make them with production printers instead of spending the time and money to machine, fabricate, mold or cast them. FDM production printers not only reduce time and cost for manufacturing tools, they can improve your assembly process. Layer-based production gives you the freedom to design lightweight, complex, ergonomic shapes that make manufacturing more efficient.

Master Patterns for short runs/ Investment Casting Pattern

A popular application of 3D printing is for the process of investment casting. A casting pattern which resins are melted, is used to create a mold for use in urethane casting.

FDM Technology builds parts in the same strong, stable plastics used in injection molding, CNC machining and other traditional manufacturing processes. Harness the power of 3D printing while relying on tested, established thermoplastics.

FDM Benefits

  • The technology is clean, simple-to-use and office-friendly
  • Supported production-grade thermoplastics are mechanically and environmentally stable
  • Complex geometries and cavities that would otherwise be problematic become practical with FDM technology
  • Our Fused Deposition Modeling technology uses only real, production-grade thermoplastics, the same raw materials used for injection molding—the gold standard of manufacturing. With the right surface treatment Brecher Prototyping is able to produce masters for any plastic part.

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