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Industrial 3D printing: How does real Additive Manufacturing work

Unfortunately, many people imagine an FDM 3D printer and low-quality plastic models when they hear ‘’3D printing’’. But this technology has come a long way in a short amount of time. Nowadays, there are whole factories providing you with Additive Manufacturing at the highest standards and quality, capable of mass producing goods. How is industrial 3D printing different from FDM? Let’s find out! Old-fashioned FDM printers Fused Deposition Modeling was developed in the 80s and brought a new revolution to rapid prototyping. At first it wasn’t very cost-effective, however, it was fast. Now everyone can get a desktop 3D printer and produce simple models in their own house. FDM 3D printers use plastic filament. The filament comes in a thin thread. It is pushed into a nozzle where it’s heated up, becoming flexible. The nozzle extrudes the filament out in the shape of your model, layer by layer. FDM […]


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