Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A
ISSN 1673-565X(Print), 1862-1775(Online), Monthly
2010 Vol.11 No.12 P.972-977
Analysis on fused deposition modelling performance
Abstract: Fused deposition modelling (FDM) is one of rapid prototyping (RP) technologies which uses an additive fabrication approach. Each commercially available FDM model has different types of process parameters for different applications. Some of the desired parts require excellent surface finish as well as good tolerance. The most common parameters requiring setup are the raster angle, tool path, slice thickness, build orientation, and deposition speed. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the process parameters of FDM Prodigy Plus (Stratasys, Inc., Eden Prairie, MN, USA). Various selected parameters were tested and the optimum condition was proposed. The quality of the parts produced was accessed in terms of dimensional accuracy and surface finish. The optimum parameters obtained were then applied in the fabrication of the master pattern prior to silicone rubber moulding (SRM). These parameters would reduce the post processing time. The dimensional accuracy and surface roughness were analyzed using coordinate measuring machine (CMM) and surface roughness tester, respectively. Based on this study, the recommended parameters will improve the quality of the FDM parts produced in terms of dimensional accuracy and surface roughness for the application of SRM.
Key words: Rapid prototyping (RP), Fused deposition modelling (FDM), Dimensional accuracy, Surface roughness
TP391.72; TP391.73; TH164
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