Additive manufacturing or 3D printing also known as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). FDM is a reliable method of fabrication that can be used throughout the production lifecycle of a product. Once the design of a product has been validated, and is ready for mass production, FDM is a valid way to begin production while more efficient methods and machines are being acquired.
FDM is suitable for low quantity production (approximately 1 to 2000 parts per year). One of the most important advantages of additive manufacturing is its simplicity in fabricating complex geometrical shapes that would not be possible or affordable to do with more conventional methods. Conventional production methods often require expensive machinery, tooling and jigs. If a change is to be made to a part, it does not only affect the design but everything that is used to produce that part.
FDM is a practical solution, it does not require any additional tooling, it reduces material costs the production is directly linked to the virtual model data. If a change is made to the model, only the model is affected. Therefore, products that are continuously changing are best produced by FDM technology. FDM also allows functions with minimal inventory and aftermarket parts can still be easily produced. In the end, additive manufacturing is a method that is best suited for
- Best suited for Low quantity production
- Medium complexity to very complex design
- FDM technology allows for continuous modification and improvement of the design with low impact and related production costs
- Flexibility that allows to provide tailored solutions for custom projects.
- Bridge production solution