Top 5 Videos: FDM Technology Explained
Another week is over and like every Sunday, we have put together a top 5 list of videos related to additive manufacturing for you to enjoy! Our weekly top 5 starts off with a closer look at FDM technology, the most popular process among 3D printing enthusiasts. Next, this week’s top videos will also be an opportunity to find out more about the AMcubator, an entire center dedicated to additive manufacturing. Then, you will also get to see what the foundation of a 3D printed house looks like, as well as have a look at FreeForm optimal use of the Production System by Desktop Metal. Our last video with show you how a mechanical 3D model is being printed in timelapse. We hope you’ll enjoy our top 5 videos and wish you all a very nice Sunday!
Top 1: FDM Technology
The process of fused deposition, better known by the acronym FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling), is probably the most popular technology among 3D printing enthusiasts. Developed by S. Scott Crump in the late 1980s and commercialized in 1990 by Stratasys, FDM relies on 3 main elements: a printing plate on which the part is printed, a filament spool that serves as printing material, and an extrusion head also called extruder. In the video below, 3Dnatives shows you how the technology works and explains the process in detail:
Top 2: A Center Dedicated to Additive Manufacturing
The AMcubator is an 1100 m2 big center located on the Brainport Industries’ campus in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. It allows 3D printing companies to bring together their experts in an application center, with their equipment stored in a pilot plant. By bringing together the entire value chain, AMcubator is able to present innovative applications to the market, optimize additive manufacturing processes and make the technology ever more competitive:
TOP 3: The Foundation of a 3D Printed House
In collaboration with COBOD, a 3D printing and construction company, the Danish additive manufacturing construction company 3DCP Group has 3D printed a small, 37 square meter big house in Denmark. The home contains a bathroom, an open kitchen, a living room, and a bedroom. Check out the foundation designed by COBOD in the following video:
Top 4: FreeForm and The Production System by Desktop Metal
FreeForm Technologies is a young American startup, which provides Metal Binder Jetting as a contract manufacturer. In the following video, the company explains how they use the Production System™ that was created by Desktop Metal, to enable customer innovation and show the many ways they use the device. By doing that, their goal is to introduce binder jetting to the masses.
Top 5: Mechanical 3D Model Timelapse
In this last video, you’ll get an interesting look at the production of a 3D printed model in timelapse. The most interesting part of it is its mechanical function. Without having to assemble it afterward, and without the need of any additional support, the object, which in this case is a wind-up teeth toy, is ready to use with all its mechanical functions, directly after taking it out of the printer.