Setup for FDM 320
This class introduces users to fused deposition modeling (FDM) setup strategies and best practices. This class provides an overview of key setup processes and considerations for FDM including networking, configuration, and calibration.
After taking this course, users will be able to describe the key components of FDM setup including build sheet or build tray setup and removal and preparing the heated chamber for a job build. This class will also discuss platen setup and its role in providing a successful FDM machine operation.
Number of Lessons 12
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- Fused Deposition Modeling
- Networking and Software
- FDM Machine Configurations
- Key Machine Components
- Machine Calibration
- Software Configuration
- Build Surface Setup
- FDM System Review
- Build Chamber Setup
- Sensors and Alarms
- Part Removal
- Setup Approaches Review
- Describe the importance of setup for FDM.
- Describe the network and software needed to setup an FDM print.
- Describe common machine configurations.
- Describe key machine components for FDM.
- Describe the importance of machine calibration.
- Describe best practices for FDM system setup.
- Describe the importance of setting up the build
- Describe basic steps to setup an FDM build chamber.
- Describe the importance of checking sensors and alarms before printing.
- Describe best practices for part removal after the job build.
The process of producing a 3D object using a specialized tool that creates successive layers of material. 3D printing technically must involve the use of a print head or nozzle, but the term is often used interchangeably with additive manufacturing.
AM. The process of joining or solidifying materials to make an object based on a three-dimensional computer model. Additive manufacturing methods typically build up layers of material to create an object.
additive manufacturing. The process of joining or solidifying materials to make an object based on a three-dimensional computer model. AM methods typically build up layers of material to create an object.
An imaginary line or circle that is used to define the position of an object in space. The linear axes are X, Y, and z, and the rotational axes are often designated using the letters A, B, and C.
The location and space within an additive manufacturing machine in which the part is actually constructed. Build areas in some additive manufacturing machines are open while others are surrounded by an enclosure.
The area contained within an additive manufacturing (AM) machine where the part is actually built. Many build chambers are enclosed and heated to improve the safety and quality of the manufacturing operation.
A thin piece of material that rests on the platen in the build chamber. Build sheets provide a flat surface that a part can temporarily adhere to during the part build, rather than adhering to the platen itself.
A thick sheet of material that rests on the platen in the build chamber. Build trays, which are typically sturdier than build sheets, provide a flat surface that a part can temporarily adhere to during the part build, rather than adhering to the platen itself.
The comparison and adjustment of a device with unknown accuracy to a device with a known, accurate standard. Calibration eliminates any variation in the device being checked.
A measuring instrument with a pair of jaws on one end and a long beam containing a marked scale of unit divisions. Calipers can measure both internal and external features.
A numerical system that describes the location of an object by expressing its distance from a fixed position along three linear axes. Cartesian coordinates are used to direct machine tool movements.
CAD. Computer software used to create a 3D model of a part before it goes into prototyping or production. Computer-aided design models are converted to an STL format for use by additive manufacturing machines.
A collection of numbers, facts, and information about a process or product. Data can be created, communicated, and recorded by sensors in smart objects.
Designed to be used directly by a consumer or directly in another manufactured product. End-use products created by additive manufacturing (AM) include medical implants, custom dental devices, and camera equipment.
A nozzle or mechanism that shapes and dispenses semi-solid material. Extruders are used in fused deposition modeling (FDM).
Fused deposition modeling. An additive manufacturing process that builds parts through extruding successive layers of material. FDM is one of the most accessible and affordable types of additive manufacturing, though it creates parts with poor surface finish and has relatively low build speed.
fused deposition modeling
FDM. An additive manufacturing process that builds parts through extruding successive layers of material. Fused deposition modeling is one of the most accessible and affordable types of additive manufacturing, though it creates parts with poor surface finish and has relatively low build speed.
fused filament fabrication
FFF. An additive manufacturing (AM) process that builds parts through extruding successive layers of material, though it creates parts with poor surface finish and has relatively low build speed. Fused filament fabrication is one of the most affordable types of additive manufacturing and sometimes referred to as fused deposition modeling (FDM).
A programming language that uses letters and numbers to form commands for machine tools. G code programs are used to direct tool movements in additive manufacturing, CNC machining, and hybrid machining.
A clog in the FDM extruder. Hot-end jams typically occur when the FDM extruder is not hot enough to melt the material correctly.
Industrial Internet of Things
IIoT. A network of physical devices used in manufacturing that contain computing systems that allow them to send and receive data. The Industrial Internet of Things allows devices to exchange data and automate processes without human intervention.
A program created using build processor software that controls the functions of an FDM machine. Job file formats may be specific to each machine.
A repeating, symmetrical pattern of crossing strips of material that leave diamond- or square-shaped gaps between them. Lattice structures provide excellent strength to a part.
In manufacturing, reducing the weight of a part or product without altering its function. Lightweighting results in parts and products that are less heavy than previous iterations.
M2M. The transfer of data between machines and the internet without human interaction. Machine-to-machine communication relies on sensors.
A device held in front of the eye to enlarge an object for the viewer. Magnification can be used when conducting a visual inspection.
A container that holds thermoplastic filament. Material canisters are used with FDM machines.
A U-shaped measuring instrument with a threaded spindle that slowly advances toward a small anvil. Micrometers are available in numerous types for measuring assorted dimensions and features.
A numerical value stored in the FDM control that repositions machine components. The OFFSET key allows operators to enter tool length geometry and part zero locations.
personal protective equipment
PPE. Any clothing or device worn to minimize exposure to hazards or prevent injury. Common additive manufacturing (AM) personal protective equipment includes gloves, safety goggles, and nonflammable clothing.
PPSF. A thermoplastic polymer with strong mechanical performance and high resistance to heat and chemicals. Polyphenynylsulfone is extremely resistant to corrosion.
A group of procedures that are used to clean, improve, or otherwise prepare a part for use by a manufacturer or consumer. Pre-processing for additively manufactured parts includes preparing a build sheet for printing in fused deposition modeling.
On an FDM machine, a container that receives waste collected from the debris chute. Purge buckets should be emptied daily.
A channel in the the back of the build chamber used to dispense waste. Purge chutes on FDM machines typically guide waste to the bottom of the build chamber or purge bucket.
A product development technique in which additive manufacturing (AM) methods are used to create prototypes for a traditional manufacturing operation. Rapid prototyping allows engineers to quickly create a number of prototypes in a short time period, reducing lead time.
A tool with a handle and a wide, flat blade. Scrapers are used in additive manufacturing to separate plastic parts from build platforms.
A device within a device that detects a physical stimulus and turns it into a signal that can be measured or recorded. Sensors in smart devices make it possible for machines to communicate digitally.
All the necessary preparation of tooling and fixturing that occurs on a machine before operation begins. Proper machine setup is an important factor in optimizing tool life.
An information-driven, event-driven, collaborative orchestration of business and factories across the value chain. Smart manufacturing uses sensors, data, and analytical models to automate and prescribe action for various processes and situations.
A suction tool used to collect loose dust, dirt, and debris. A vacuum is also used to hold the build sheet in place on some FDM machines.
The linear axis that represents the up-and-down motion of an object relative to the origin. The Z axis is the only vertical axis in the Cartesian coordinate system.
The surface on which parts are built in an FDM machine. Platens typically hold a build sheet or build plate.
The flat, built-in surface of the build chamber. Platens typically hold a build sheet or build tray.