FUSED DEPOSITION MODELING (FDM) PRINTERS
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WHY SHOULD I USE FDM PRINTING?
- FDM printing is the most common type of 3D printing currently available. If you’ve seen a 3D printer in action at a school or local retailer, the chances are high that it was an FDM printer.
- Because they are so common, they are also the most affordable type of 3D printer – ranging from less than $500 upwards.
- The popularity of FDM printing means there are a large number of support forums.
- FDM printing offers the broadest range of filament materials – ranging from entry level PLA to PEEK.
…AND THE DRAWBACKS?
- FDM printing is slower than other forms of additive
- Though generally, FDM layer resolution is good, it is not as good as resin printing (for example) or selective laser sintering
The FUSION 3, FLASHFORGE and TIERTIME line of polymer FDM 3D printers: Exceptionally easy to use and cost-effective, they are also the most reliable and offer the most versatility — for business and personal users alike.
You are sure to find one below with just the features you need. Models vary according to:
- number of extruders
- extruder temperature
- filament sensors
- auto leveling bed
- automatic filament feeding
Both FLASHPRINT and Tiertime’s UP STUDIO and new Catfish softwares offer the user a wide choice of slicing and printer control capabilities.
COMMERCIAL SIZE – COMMERCIAL SPEED
Fusion3’s F410 offers the optimal combination of precision, speed, and reliability.
Many 3D printers can meet one or maybe two of these requirements, but only Fusion3 delivers on all three, thanks to our unique technology and focus on throughput.
The F410 3D printer offers:
- interchangeable high temperature, high performance print heads
- kevlar cable motion system for high speed use
- enclosed print chamber to optimize build output
- automated bed leveling
- filament detection system
CONTINUOUS HIGH QUALITY PRINTING
The TIERTIME X5 is a breakthrough in production-level FDM 3D printing.
The X5 is capable of automatically loading up to 12 building plates, providing the user with a seamless 3D printing experience with unmatched throughput and minimal operator intervention. This means that if one print completes at 02:00 AM, the X5 will automatically eject the completed job and start on the next queued item.
FLASHFORGE CREATOR 3
INDEPENDENT DUAL EXTRUDER
The Creator 3 from FlashForge is the latest commercial grade 3D printer that hosts a series of innovations and features, the most prominent being the Independent Dual Extrusion system (IDEX). This means the Creator3 features two independent print heads that move on the X and Y- axes for efficient multi-material or mirror printing.
FLASHFORGE GUIDER IIs
‘BIG BOX’ SINGLE EXTRUDER
The Flashforge Guider IIs is a state of the art ‘big box’ build single extruder with a high temperature extrusion system that lets you print using any filament requiring a temperature of 300 degrees or less. It is a fully enclosed printer that offers a quick change build heated aluminum build plate, an integrated camera for remote print monitoring and a built-in filament sensor.
The Guider IIs offers:
- A large build volume
- 300 upper temperature extruder
- Full enclosure
- Filament out sensor
- Auto bed leveling
FLASHFORGE CREATOR PRO
ULTRA RELIABLE DUAL EXTRUDER WORKHORSE
The Flashforge Creator Pro has consistently impressed the 3D printing community.
It is an aggressively priced and highly versatile dual extruder model. The Flashforge Creator Pro is also very reliable; it is capable of creating prints with over 60-hour print lengths, and accepts any filament with a melting point of under 250 degrees Celsius (which includes PLA, PETT, PETG, ABS and a series of composite and support materials).
TIERTIME UP MINI 2ES
Tiertime’s UP! Mini 2ES is the ideal printer for schools and teachers everywhere. Easy to run, easy to maintain, and SAFE!
This fully enclosed, portable printer not only features a heated build plate and extruder that can up heat up to 299 degrees, it also has a built in filtration system that will filter out over 90% of toxic VOC’s and UFPs generated by the printing process.
A must for every school!
FLASHFORGE ADVENTURE 3
The Flashforge Adventure 3 is part of Flashforge’s new generation of 3D printers. This fully enclosed, compact printer is loaded with features that make it one of the easiest printers on the market to use — and one of the most aggressively priced.
The Flashforge AD-1 is designed to rcreation of commercial channel letters and signage easier and more cost effective than ever.
This printer features a large building base and a series of features including dual filament extrusion (for multiple colors) and automatic filament detection.
The Anet ET4 is a top quality affordable printer for individual users. Sporting an extruder that can handle temperatures up to 250 degrees, a heated semi-automatic leveling build pad and a fully aluminum frame the ET4 is designed to minimize upkeep and maximize print time.