3D art has gone way beyond the stroke of an artist’s brush. For quite long now, it is being implemented for printing. Several methods have been adapted by the printing giants and one of the largely used techniques is Fused Deposition Modeling.
Abbreviated as FDM, this technology was established by S. Scott Crump during the late 1980s. Since then, the world of printing technology has seen a plethora of changes in the materials being used to implement this technology. What are these materials and how do they enable 3d printing? Let us take a look:
Industrial grade thermoplastics:
The industrial grade thermoplastics are widely used when it comes to making commercial products according to the demand of clients. If the thermoplastic type is in a filament form, it is uncoiled from the role and filled in the nozzles of a printer. During the FDM process, the movement of the nozzle is horizontal and each layer of material is deposited. There after the layers bond to give a final output. The best part about these thermoplastics is that there is no need of any post processing procedure!
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS):
Also known as ABS, This material was used a lot during the early years of Fused Deposition Modeling. Thereafter, the materials employed for this technology evolved a lot. This material is an apt choice for 3D art of any kind including parts, tools, patterns and more. The latest versions of ABS are 70% stronger than the materials used during past times. The newer versions are 40 to 70% stronger than the FDM materials of just a few years ago. Moreover, they are impact, durable and robust.
PPSF was the first engineered thermoplastic which was used for 3D printing. The best part about this material is that it can fulfill the requirements of advanced applications that ask for the materials to be printed at extremely high temperatures. It is way better than other materials used for Fused Deposition Modeling.