Fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology is highly accurate for smooth surfaces using engineering grade or high-performance thermoplastic. This plastic material is chosen for its strength, flexibility, resistance (heat, chemical or UV), electrostatic properties, medical safety, and more. A full array of finishing options can be applied and color-matched to meet specifications.
FDM works by extruding heated, semiliquid thermoplastics one layer at a time. Midwest Composite Technologies uses Stratasys Fortus 900mc systems and Stratasys Fortus 400mc systems for making FDM parts. The Fortus 900mc and Fortus 400mc extrude both modeling material and support material. After the part is completed, the support material can be broken off or washed away with detergent and water.
Part tolerances distinguish the Fortus series from other 3D systems. Fortus systems are designed and manufactured for the highest accuracy and repeatability. Parts made in the Fortus 900mc are produced within an accuracy of +/-.0035 inch or +/-.0015 inch per inch, whichever is greater. The Fortus 400mc has an accuracy of +/-.005 inch or +/-.0015 inch per inch, whichever is greater.
Available Thermoplastic Materials
One advantage of the Fortus systems is the wide variety of thermoplastics available. You can choose standard, engineering-grade, or high-performance thermoplastic. You can also base your decision on high heat and chemical resistance, translucence, biocompatibility, and so on. Click on the materials listed below to find out more about them.
We are licensed for all of these materials and run multiple materials each day.
The Fortus 900mc also has a large build envelope of 36 x 24 x 36 inches. For more information on the Fortus 900mc, read the datasheet.
The Fortus 400mc (with an upgraded configuration) has a build envelope of 16 x 14 x 16 inches. For more information on the Fortus 400mc, read the datasheet.
Benefits of Thermoplastic Prototypes
Resistant (Heat, Chemical, UV)
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