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.
Data That matters
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Form testing & validation
Static display models
- - ABS
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