Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF or FDM)

Material Choice
High

Wide range of plastic filaments from PLA through to Composite and High performance polymers

Ease of Use
High

Load filament | Orientate part | Press print Very easy to use, but we recommend training for new users

FFF/FDM printers have a heated nozzle which “extrudes” (or pushes through) melted thermoplastic material to create an object layer by layer. The nozzle will move along a path controlled by the 3D printer’s software. FFF is the most commonly used technology in 3D printing, widely considered to be good for entry-level, with technology which is easy to understand, easy to use and can be less expensive. What this FFF/FDM technology can print very much depends on the specific model of printer, its software, material choice and resolution. Additive-X have professional desktop printers as well as large-format and more industrial printers with access to high-performance polymers.

What can Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) print?

Prototypes
Concept models
Manufacturing aids
Breakaway supports
Soluble supports

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What can Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) print?

If you haven’t got an FFF 3D printer then chances are you need one, whether you are just starting your in-house additive manufacturing journey or want to step-up and increase volumes and materials. Different FFF printers will give you access to materials across Standard, Manufacturing, Speciality and Metal. For cheapest printing, choose a PLA filament and don’t forget you can find filaments in a real rainbow of colours.

Lowest cost

Many good quality, value for money filaments

Material range

Print in standard, manufacturing, speciality materials + metal.

No finishing

Generally durable and dimensionally stable without post-processing

Colour

Rainbow of different filament colours

Easy to use

Prepare your design file, load the filament and print

Office/classroom

Desktop FFF printers work well in classroom and office environments

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Printing Examples

FFF Printers

BCN3D Epsilon W27

BCN3D Epsilon W27 is a powerful professional FFF printer

BCN3D Epsilon W50

The W50 is designed to print large-scale parts with industrial-grade materials

Ultimaker S5

High-performance dual-extrusion desktop 3D printer

Builder Extreme 3000 PRO

The Extreme 3000 PRO is made to deliver 24/7. With an extremely large build volume.

BCN3D Epsilon W27

BCN3D Epsilon W27 is a powerful professional FFF printer

BCN3D Epsilon W50

The W50 is designed to print large-scale parts with industrial-grade materials

Ultimaker S5

High-performance dual-extrusion desktop 3D printer

Builder Extreme 3000 PRO

The Extreme 3000 PRO is made to deliver 24/7. With an extremely large build volume.

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FAQ’S

Commonly asked questions about FFF 3D printing

Think of FFF as a process of extruding melted plastic. A spool of plastic filament feeds through a tube to the print head which travels around the print surface depositing the melted material, layer by layer. The FFF printing workflow is simple – Design – Prepare the file for printing – Print.
Unlike SLA and SLS, FFF parts don’t need to be post-processed in chemicals or cured. That said, after the part is printed it is possible to sand your part to achieve a smoother finish or you have the option to post-process using the AMT PostPro Vapour Smoothing unit .
PLA, ABS, ABA can be stored in a warm, dry environment away from direct sun but other filaments need better storage. Filaments like Nylon, Onyx, PEEK, PVA, BVOH and ESM10 are ideally stored in their own airtight boxes with large desiccant pouches to reduce moisture. Note that old pouches should be thrown away, not left in the box. Ideal storage is the Markforged Dry Box – our print farm manager swears by them “Markforged dry boxes are ace, and will easily hold a couple of spools each if not using the spool holder inside the box”.