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Filament 3D Printing

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What is Filament 3D Printing?

The filaments used in 3D printing are thermoplastics, which are plastics that melt when heated and solidify when cooled. The printer's extruder assembly moves as the filament is fed into a heating chamber, where it is heated to its melting temperature and then extruded through a metal nozzle, which follows a predefined path to build up the printed object layer by layer. Although many 3D printers have only one extruder, there are several dual-extruder versions that can print an object in different colors or with different types of filament.

Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) or Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) are two terms used to describe the plastic filament printing process. A special feature of Fused Deposition Modeling is that complex geometries can be produced from well-known thermoplastic materials such as ABS, PC, PEEK and PA. In addition, it is possible to fabricate support structures for overhangs using a support material. The support material can then be dissolved downstream.

Known materials

Quick to your components

Wide range of applications

The Process of Fused Deposition Modeling

1. Data preparation

The appropriate 3D printer software is used to prepare the data. The software generates any necessary supports and creates the G-code. The prepared data is then transferred to the 3D printer and processed.

2. Ensuring material supply

Before printing can be started, the material supply must be checked. This step ensures that there is sufficient print material for the printing process.

3. Print

In the third step, the actual printing of the component takes place. During this process, the extruder traverses the cross-section of the component and deposits the material through the die. The process is repeated for each individual layer.

4. Support removal

Any necessary supports are then removed. Depending on the support material, the supports can be removed either by hand or in a water bath.

5. Further post-processing

The components can be further processed afterwards as desired and if necessary. The components can be painted or mechanically processed, for example.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Fused Deposition Modeling

  • Easy to operate
  • High complexity of components possible
  • Short preparation times
  • Fast manufacturing
  • Well known materials
  • Wide range of materials
  • Somewhat rough surfaces
  • Reworking may be necessary
  • No high resolution

Applications

Aerospace

By manufacturing components from high-performance plastics such as ULTEM and PEEK, even the most demanding applications can be implemented. The Fused Deposition Modeling process allows you to process certified materials for aerospace applications.

Automotive

In the automotive industry, the Fused Filament Fabrication process is used in particular for prototyping. Prototype vehicles and pre-series models can be realized in a very short time. FDM also offers the possibility of printing large components.

Medical

The FDM process is increasingly being used both in apparatus engineering and in the production of implants. In addition, auxiliary elements and spare parts can be printed from certified materials.

Electronics

The use of ABS-ESD, a polymer of ABS with carbon nanotubes, provides excellent printing characteristics and outstanding ESD properties for use in critical applications requiring electrostatic discharge protection.

Consumer goods

Typical consumer products made with 3D filament printing include eyeglass frames, shoes (sandals, insoles, midsoles) and sporting goods. They take advantage of 3D filament printing for customization and optimization of product features.

Research and development

Cost-effective materials and short print times make filament 3D printing ideal for the iterative design process. 3D-printed prototypes can be used to visualize concepts or test the functionality of technical parts.

Industrial FDM 3D Printers

Stratasys®

F3300™

New FDM technology, which the F3300™ uses, significantly improves speed, throughput, reliability, and quality. New features include material dryers for ideal material characteristics, four extruders with a patented automatic tool (extruder) changer for multi-resolution printing and system redundancy, linear motors and encoders for quick, precise extruder movement, and autocalibration to cut down on labor and operator input.

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Stratasys®

F900™

The most powerful FDM® system on the market, the Stratasys® F900™ 3D System offers exceptional production agility and a strong return on investment. Produce production components, jigs, fixtures, intricate functional prototypes, and factory tooling with unparalleled precision, consistency, and predictability. Crafted to satisfy the rigorous requirements of production.

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Stratasys®

F770™

The F770™ 3D printer from Stratasys® helps increase manufacturing productivity whether you need to 3D print big items or multiple smaller parts, such as assembly fixtures, manufacturing aids, or end-use parts. Its plug-and-print simplicity allows even the most inexperienced user to print complicated parts fast and effortlessly.

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Stratasys®

Fortus® 450mc

On your production floor, additive manufacturing with the Fortus® 450mc allows you to reduce costs, boost uptime, and enhance quality. It provides data security, an open-material environment, and accuracy and dependability that has been proven.

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Stratasys®

F370®CR

Compared to metal machining, the F370®CR's high-strength composite printing allows for the creation of component parts, soft jaws, and work holding fixtures in a quarter of the time. Using the F370®CR printer to supplement traditional fabrication technologies enables increase in speed, in throughput, and a number of cost benefits.

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Stratasys®

F190™CR

Compared to metal machining, the F190™CR's high-strength composite printing allows for the creation of component parts, soft jaws, and work holding fixtures in a quarter of the time. Using the F190™CR printer to supplement traditional fabrication technologies enables increase in speed, in throughput, and a number of cost benefits.

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Stratasys®

F370

The Stratasys® F370 printer blends ease of use with industrial-grade performance. F370 printers provide quick and simple material swapping, auto-calibration for precise, consistent output, and carbon fiber 3D printing without the need for specialized knowledge.

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Stratasys®

F170

A new user interface, built-in camera, auto calibration, enhanced software with GrabCAD Print™, and simple material replacement are just a few of the enhanced 3D printing capabilities of the Stratasys® F170 3D Printer. These features make the printer easy to use, yet powerful enough for demanding business environments and busy classrooms alike.

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Industrial FGF 3D Printers

Roboze

ARGO 1000

The Roboze Argo 1000 has the largest build envelope in the ARGO series, with a volume of 1000 x 1000 x 1000 mm (39.37 x 39.37 x 39.37 in). Create large-format parts with a positioning accuracy of 10 µm with reliable repeatability using the 3D printer.

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Industrial FFF 3D Printers

Roboze

ARGO 500

The Roboze Argo 500, with a volume of 500 x 500 x 500 mm (19.7 x 19.7 x 19.7 in), is the mid-range size of the ARGO series. Create large-format parts in a 3D printer with 10 µm positioning accuracy with consistent repeatability.

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Roboze

ARGO 350

The Roboze Argo 350 has a volume of 350 x 300 x 300 mm (13.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 in), the smallest size in the ARGO series. Create finished parts with a 3D printer with 10 µm positioning accuracy and consistent repeatability.

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Industrial μAFP 3D Printers

Desktop Metal®

Fiber™

Desktop Metal® Fiber™ has revolutionized 3D printing for composites with its unique Micro Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) technology. The system combines the exceptional performance of continuous fibers with the accessibility of FFF printing.

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Professional Desktop FFF 3D Printers

Raise3D

Pro3 Plus

Launched in 2022 by Raise3D, the Pro3 Plus dual extruder professional 3D printer, which evolved from the Pro2 series, meets the needs of both production and rapid prototyping with high precision in continuous operation.

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Raise3D

Pro3

Introduced in 2022 by Raise3D, the Pro3 professional 3D printer with two extruders, which evolved from the Pro2 series, meets the requirements of both production and rapid prototyping in with high precision and continuous operation.

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Raise3D

Pro2 Plus

Raise3D's award-winning Pro2 Plus is considered the benchmark and new standard for professional 3D printing applications with 24/7 reliability. The dual-extruder 3D printer ensures high print quality for manufacturing and rapid prototyping projects of various sizes.

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Raise3D

Pro2

Raise3D's award-winning Pro2 is considered the benchmark and new standard for professional 3D printing applications with 24/7 reliability. The dual-extruder 3D printer ensures high print quality for manufacturing and rapid prototyping projects of various sizes.

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Raise3D

E2CF

The E2CF meets the requirements of various industries, such as automotive, aerospace and healthcare, which need to produce components with a high strength-to-weight ratio and consistent high-quality. The E2CF is specifically designed for carbon fiber reinforced materials and can print brake away support structures.

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Raise3D

E2

The Raise3D E2 one of the best 3D printers in 2021 and is considered the benchmark and standard for industrial 3D printing applications with 24/7 reliability. The E2 is a desktop 3D printer with independent dual extruders (also known as IDEX). IDEX gives the E2 the ability to perform more advanced features such as mirror and duplicate mode, making this printer ideal for professional 3D printing.

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Roboze

Plus PRO

The Roboze Plus PRO has a build volume of 300 x 250 x 220mm (11.8 x 9.8 x 8.7in), making it slightly larger than the One Pro. Accelerate your product development by using advanced materials. Create parts with a positioning accuracy of 15 µm with reliable quality, using the 3D printer.

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Roboze

One PRO

The Roboze One PRO has a build volume of 300 x 250 x 200 mm (11.8 x 9.8 x 7.9 in). The Roboze One Pro industrial 3D printing system guarantees high tolerances and repeatability. It allows you to quickly produce parts with a positioning accuracy of 15 µm with consistent quality.

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Advice

Our team of experts will be happy to support you in choosing the right 3D printing technology and in selecting the right 3D printing system.

Our application team also advises you on the choice of materials. Among other things, we can provide cost and time calculations as well as sample parts. In our showroom we have the possibility to validate the project together with you!

Johann Pfeifer Account Manager