If you ever seen a 3d printer in real life, most likely it was an FDM Printer.
This is the most popular form of 3D printing that is out there. Mainly because it’s not only straight forward to use but also the most affordable.
So what does FDM stand for? FDM stands for Fused Deposition Modelling.
Talk about changing the game . . .
How FDM 3D Printing Works
The way this technology works is first you upload your design using a 3D printing software. The software sends the image or design to the printer and then it literally ‘prints’ it out for you. Creating the object, layer by layer.
Instead of using ink like a traditional paper printer does, FDM printers use variations of plastic, wood and more known as filaments to create your 3D printed object.
Now let’s get a little bit more deeper . . . Let’s look at the entire process from a technical point of view.
- You upload your design in a popular software like [enter 3d printing software names] and it is here that your design is split into layers so your FDM 3D printer can understand what to do.
- You then install which kind of filament to use on your printer. This is usually attached on the back or side of a 3D printer.
- Next step is to grab the edge of the filament and slide it into something called an Extruder.
- The Extruder acts as a ‘Cartridge’ in a traditional paper printer. In this case, it’s job is to ‘melt’ the filament and squeeze it out through the nozzle.
- The nozzle then moves in a x and y axis to create your object layer by layer.
It’s not that complicated now is it 🙂 So next time you catch someone saying “Hey! What is an FDM Printer?”
You know exactly what to say.
I like to compare the whole process to a cake maker when they are about to write something on it. You create the cake in layers, just like FDM printing and they squeeze the writing part out using a pastry bag. FDM printing is literally the same.
Cool part is FDM printers today are printing in multi-color. There are actually a few of them in the market known using a form of ‘blending’ or multiple filaments to create your desired colors.
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Who invented FDM printing?
Invented by S. Scott Crump and his wife Lisa Crump. This dynamic duo invented the entire FDM process after being inspired to create something for their daughter. Long story short, over 40% of the world FDM printers use their technology now. Today, this legendary duo started a little company that you might have heard of called ‘Stratasys’.
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How Much Are FDM 3D Printers
Being the most affordable 3D printers in the marketplace today, FDM printers range from just over $100 to $6000. Yeah that’s a very big range to find something you are looking for. Thanks to Kickstarter, their are always new model that are coming up but if you get something within the $200 to $500 range, most likely it will do the job.
Is An SLA Printer Faster Than A FDM Printer
Interesting question. It’s not that SLA is faster, it all depends on what you are trying to create. SLA uses resin instead of filaments. It’s an entirely different process then FDM. Also let’s say the same design is created much faster on an SLA printer then your regular FDM printer. However, the material you chose for your resin plays a big part as well. What if the resin you chose might take more then a few hours to ‘cure’. So it’s not the speed of things, it’s what you want to make. That said, quality is usually always higher on a SLA printer. Again, it kind of depends on what you want to make.
What is an extruder on a FDM 3d printer?
An extruder is a key player in any FDM Printer. Think of an extruder as where the ‘ink’ goes. This is where you slide in the end of your filament and the extruder then heats it and melts it according to the design you uploaded. If you don’t have an extruder, you won’t be able to print. It’s as simple as that. It’s the instrument used by a 3D printer to make things.
What Does An Industrial FDM printer do?
Industrial 3D printer do the same thing as a desktop 3D printer except on a much larger scale. In fact, it was the industrial FDM printing industry that inspired the small FDM printers we know today.
What is the difference between FFF and FDM 3d printing?
As mentioned earlier FFF stands for Fused Deposition Modelling and FFF Fused filament fabrication.
Honestly, the only difference is FDM is owned by Stratasys. It’s basically the same process. FDM being more refined though. The best way to look at it is FFF is for the hobbyist while FDM is more at a commercial level.
Today both printers can help you create all kinds of objects with multiple 3d printer filaments.