FDM for End-Use Parts

Cyb Llings 3D Printing Lab can help you save time and money if you are inteerested in FDM applications for end-use parts, or any other 3D Print applications call us today! 248-836-2099

Application Outline: FDM is an additive manufacturing process that builds productiongrade parts layer-by-layer from computer-aided design (CAD) files. By utilizing sophisticated 3D printing software and hardware, high strength thermoplastics, and significant throughput, FDM has unprecedented benefits for low-volume manufacturing. It can also be used to bridge the gap between product concept and traditional manufacturing processes. The following are manufacturing applications for which FDM is well-suited.

Pilot production: Pilot production is commonly used to simulate full production in mass-production industries. It often leads to a better product, lower development and manufacturing costs, a more efficient manufacturing operation, and reduced time to market. FDM can be used in this stage of production planning to quickly build one-off products and tools designed to speed the production process along.

Bridge-to-production: This technique is an interim step between prototyping and full production that allows manufacturers to build products for sale while manufacturing tools and production processes are being created and/or finalized. FDM is a great fit for bridge-to-production strategies because it requires no tooling, products can be built in hours instead of weeks or months, and manufacturers can respond efficiently and cost-effectively to the desires of the changing marketplace.

Low-volume production: Sometimes manufacturers build their businesses around the production of highly-customized, highly-complex or low-volume products. In situations like these, FDM can maximize sales opportunities while minimizing cost and lead-time because there are no minimum order parameters to fill. Plus, part complexity doesn’t add time or cost.


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  1. CAD model of a component that includes features which would be costly and time consuming to mold or machine. 
  2. Numerous variations of this FDM part is needed for daily operations
  3. Design alternatives made possible with FDM include part consolidation