There is a very good chance that you’ve ever seen a 3D printer at a trade show or your school, it was an FDM printer. The FDM printer is the most common type of 3D printer currently available, coming in a host of makes and configurations.
FDM 3D printers have similar architecture: a CNC gantry mounted extruder deposits molten thermoplastic on a building bed one layer at a time until the desired print is complete.
WHY SHOULD I USE FDM PRINTING?
- FDM printing is the most common type of 3D printing currently available.
- 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.
FUNMAT HIGH TEMPERATURE FDM PRINTER
FUSION3 F410 HIGH SPEED COMMERCIAL FDM PRINTER
TIERTIME X5 CONTINUOUS PRINT FDM PRINTER
CREATOR 3 INDEPENDENT DUAL EXTRUDER FDM PRINTER
GUIDER 2s ECONOMY HIGH VOLUME FDM PRINTER
CREATOR PRO ECONOMY DUAL EXTRUDER FDM PRINTER
TIERTIME UP MINI 2ES ECONOMY FDM PRINTER
HOW BIG IS BIG?
FDM printers come equipped with a wide range of features, Below is a comparative illustration of the build volumes for the various FDM printers, and the Shining A300 SLA printer, and the size of the LG smartphone.