Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)

Cost- effective prototypes for form validation and visual representation 

FFF is a widely used filament based 3D Printing technology for cost-effective prototypes. It finds application in parts requiring form and visual validation. Due to support structure generation, the parts have a rough surface finish. FFF parts can be hollowed to reduce weight and cost of the parts.

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The Process

CAD Preparation

3D CAD model is designed and exported in *.stl file format to a slicing software where the optimal part orientation is decided, support structures are generated, and the part is sliced into layers.
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3D Printing

The filament material enters an extruder where it is melted and gets deposited on the platform through a nozzle. The platform then descends and a new layer of material gets deposited. This process continues till the entire part is fabricated bottom-up.

Support structure removal

The part is removed from the platform, and the support structures are cleaned manually. The part is then polished to remove burr marks left during support removal.
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Data That matters

Layer thickness

The layer thickness setting can be chosen depending on the part requirement. FFF machines on an average have layer thicknesses as high as 180µm which results in parts having distinct layer marks on their surfaces.

Batch Size

Unlike SLS, FFF parts are usually manufactured one at a time. However, multiple parts could be placed together on the build platform depending on the part size.

Lead Time

Since the manufacturing time in FFF process is dependent on the part geometry and size, there is no standard printing time. A typical FFF build can last anywhere between a few hours to a couple of days! The lead-time on an average for FFF part is 3-4 business days.

Maximum Part Dimensions

The maximum part size that we can manufacture in FFF is 300 x 300 x 300 mm.

Surface Finish

Owing to high layer thicknesses, support structure generation, and FFF process characteristics, the parts have a rough surface finish. The parts can be polished to achieve a relatively decent surface finish.

Post Processing

FFF parts can be easily painted to give them any desired color, texture and finish. Post-processing (finishing/painting) operations would add additional 1-2 business days to the project timelines.

Customers have used FFF for

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Form testing & validation

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DIY Projects

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Static display models


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