Fused Deposition Modeling is a 3D printing process that converts thermoplastics such as PLA, ABS, Nylon and Polycarbonate into physical models. Through the use of engineering grade plastics, functional prototypes can be made to demonstrate some or all of the characteristics of a final product.
In this workshop we focus on showcasing proper material selection for specific mechanical requirements such as hardness, tensile strength, elongation at break and post-processing. Standardized specimens will be shown to exemplify material values for interpreting data sheets and be able to choose the correct material for the application.
In addition, slicer settings also play an important role in increasing the strength of 3D printed parts. We will show optimal parameters in reference to infill percentage and orientation, wall thickness and guidelines for CAD design to be able to avoid the most common weaknesses proprietary to FDM 3D printing.
Throughout the semester, independent projects can be built in the campus rapid prototyping lab with the use of large format 3D printers, soldering irons, lathes, milling machines, welders and much more.
For more information please visit www.saxeed.net/rapid-prototyping