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FDM or PolyJet Plastic 3D Printing Technology?

This white paper is probably not the first step in your 3D printing learning journey. By now, you may have realized 3D printing is the solution for your design, prototyping and/or production needs, since the advantages of 3D printing technology are widely known.

Driven by Computer-Aided Design (CAD), files that communicate directly with a 3D printer and build a layered design from the bottom up, 3D printing technology provides limitless possibilities. It enables nimble design iteration, rapid prototyping and the ability to print production parts. With 3D printing’s capacity to revolutionize industries, disrupt supply chains and lead medical innovation, it’s no surprise the additive technology has been described as the Third Industrial Revolution.

FDM 3D printed cavity mold

FDM 3D printed cavity mold

The right 3D technology depends on the materials, aesthetics, mechanical properties and overall performance your product requires. You may have already ruled out 3D printing technologies, such as Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) and other processes, to arrive at plastics as a material solution. Of course, that still leaves the choice of Fused Deposition Modeling® (FDM), or PolyJet™ technology, two of the most advanced and versatile additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing technologies available.

This white paper provides a detailed comparison of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and PolyJet technologies and their applications within different industries. Topics include:

  • Difference in technologies and part properties
  • Speed to print
  • Pre-processing and Post-processing
  • Ease-of-use
  • Operating costs

Download the white paper now to learn about the two technologies.

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