Storm Trooper Food Mould produced via FDM in High Temp Ultem Material The Larger Layer Thickness of the FDM Process can be Seen The Porous Nature of the FDM Process produces Perfect Vac Forming Tools Get a Quote Now
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Storm Trooper Food Mould

Market Sector: Food and Drink

Processes Used: FDM - 3D Printing

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Project Purpose: Product Development Prototype

Printed using fused deposition modeling fdm – FDM Printing in a high-temperature material (ULTEM) this model was for reference prior to CNC of a vacuum forming tool. Due to the loose layering on an FDM model air can still be pulled through making this a perfect process to vacuum form over Thermoforming.

Thermoforming is the collection of manufacturing methods that heat and form sheets of extruded plastic. It is a relatively simple process that starts with heating a plastic sheet to a pliable state. Once softened, the sheet is forced against a mould with the desired shape using different methods: In vacuum forming, a vacuum is drawn through tiny holes in the mould. In pressure forming, air pressure is applied to the surface.

What is FDM Printing or Fused Deposition Modeling FDM?

Also known by its abbreviated term of FDM, fused deposition modelling is where the 3d part is built by selectively depositing melted material in a pre-determined path layer-by-layer. The materials used are thermoplastic polymers and come in filament form.

FDM technology builds your parts layer-by-layer from the bottom up by heating and extruding thermoplastic filament. The 3D printer heats the thermoplastic to a semi-liquid state and deposits it in ultra-fine beads along the extrusion path. Where support or buffering is needed, the 3D printer deposits a removable material that acts as scaffolding.

Complex geometries and cavities that would otherwise be problematic become practical with FDM 3D printing technology, using the same tried and tested thermoplastics found in traditional manufacturing processes. For applications that demand tight tolerances, toughness and environmental stability, or specialized properties like electrostatic dissipation, translucence, biocompatibility, VO flammability or FST ratings, there’s an FDM thermoplastic that can deliver.

Materials available include ABS, Nylon, PC ABS, PPSF/PPSU, ULTEM1010, ABSi, ABS-M30i, ASA, Ultem9085.

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