3D Printing


51yfe1ZnYKLHow does it work? FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) is nothing but a fancy word to describe a process by which a machine deposits a very thin filament of material on top of the same material in order to create a 3D object.

FDM printers print a 3-dimensional object by extruding a stream of heated or melted plastic material such as PLA which is precisely positioned layer upon layer.

PLA or ABS are plastics that become semi-liquid above a specific temperature and rapidly return to a solid state once cooled.

A few things to consider when printing a 3D model.

  • Is the model (.STL file) properly designed for 3D printing? (watertight, wall thickness, etc.)
  • Overhangs – The more you have, the more support material that needs to be printed. That equates to longer print times and increased cost for the part.
  • FDM printers have about a 45 degree angle limitation before needing to print additional support material along with the actual part.
  • 3D printers print from the bottom up, one layer at a time so they can’t print in thin air, thus the need for support material.
  • Will it fit on the build platform? Maximum part dimensions are approximately 7″x9″x7″.
  • The larger the part the longer it takes to print.

Nashville 3D Printing and Scanning