A 3D printer produces a solid object, rather than printing onto a 2D sheet like a conventional printer. Our 3D printers extrudes a ABS plastic filament by melting it similar to a hot glue gun. The extrusion print head works in the x and y axis while the print bed on the Z axis lowers to allow the next layer to be printed on top.
DM was invented by Scott Crump in the late 80’s. After patenting this technology he started the company Stratasys in 1988. The software that comes with this technology automatically generates support structures if required. The machine dispenses two materials, one for the model and one form a disposable support structure. The term fused deposition modeling and its abbreviation to FDM are trademarked by Stratasys Inc. The exactly equivalent term, fused filament fabrication (FFF), was coined by the members of the RepRap project to give a phrase that would be legally unconstrained in its use.
- A good variety of materials available
- Easy material change
- Low maintenance costs
- No supervision required
- Very compact size
Cost to Print = Weight of Model X (Cost of Spool/Full Spool Weight)
example: cost of Shakespear Bookmark.
Weight of the model: 5g (0.005kg)
Cost of 1000g (1kg) Spool: $60
5 x (60/1000) = 0.3 (30 cent)
UP Plus 2 – 140 x 140 x 135 mm
UP Box – 255 x 205 x 205 mm