Rapid Prototyping

(Fused Deposition Modeling) is one of the Rapid Prototyping technologies.

In this method material (usually plastic: ABS, PLA, PCABS etc.) is heated to its melting point and then pressed through a special nozzle. The nozzle however is automatically moved over the building platform according to “CAD instructions” from STL file. The model is built layer by layer.

Advantages

  • Ability to produce large models in one printjob;
  • Many different materials (ABS, PLA, PCABS and other);
  • Tensile strength – up to 80% of injection molding details.
  • Low relative cost of printing (cheap materials);
  • One of the most popular 3D printing techniques nowadays.