Materials Extrusion 3D Printing
Materials Extrusion 3D Printing (also known as Fused Filament Fabrication or Fused Deposition Modeling) is a 3D printing technology which is used to process thermoplastic materials in filament form to create three dimensional objects. The filament is fed from a large coil, through a moving, heated print head (extruder) and is molten and forced out of the nozzle. It is then deposited on the growing workpiece and with the computer controlled movements of the nozzle the object is created layer by layer.
What is Materials Extrusion 3D Printing technology and how does it work?
Materials Extrusion 3D Printing technology creates new possibilities for part designs and enables the engineers to realise their designs which have closed cavities, undercuts and many other geometries which are impossible to produce by using conventional manufacturing technologies.
Parts with various sizes and shapes, which require many tool changes and stresses so far, can be produced in one piece without further interventions with Materials Extrusion 3D Printing technology.
In addition, Materials Extrusion 3D Printing is suitable for more costly materials, because of the material saving possibilities it offers. This technology offers near zero production based material waste.
What are the advantages of Materials Extrusion 3D Printing?
Since Materials Extrusion 3D Printing proceeds by depositing molten form of the material in a layer by layer fashion; thus allowing for the freedom to create more complex geometries than any other manufacturing method, there exists some inherent process limitations.
With the usage of Materials Extrusion 3D Printing, geometries such as overhangs and bridges might be difficult to produce. Apium P Series can achieve overhangs up to approx. 45°, depending on the particular geometry of the desired part. For more acute overhang angles and bridges you can print with support material beneath the part, resulting in post treatments which give rise to minimal surface traces.
Printing PEEK with the Materials Extrusion 3D Printing is unique on the market and offers you unique opportunities. Due to our many years of experience in dealing with Materials Extrusion 3D Printing, specially for PEEK and high performance polymers, we are able to avoid several limitations, by designing the parts differently and using our state-of-the-art and patented Apium Adaptive Heating System technology.
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