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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.