Support Generation for Fused Deposition Modeling

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Chalsani, Kumar
Jones, Larry
Roscoe, Larry

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With the growth of the use of Rapid Prototyping (RP) systems, there has been a corresponding growth in the complexity of parts expected from the various RP processes. To meet the demand for increasingly more intricate and detailed prototypes, the technology has matured and improved, allowing RP users to build these parts faster, better and with a variety of materials. Stratasys Inc.'s Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM ®) system is one of the leading prototyping systems available in the market today. Recent enhancements in electro-mechanical control of the machine head have improved the viability of FDM as a system for manufacturing complex prototypes. The FDM-1600 system can now also create detailed parts using ABS, a widely used plastic in the automotive and other industries. In addition, we have further reduced the lead time (preprocessing or operator time) in the product design cycle with the inclusion of an automatic support generation module in Stratasys' proprietary QuickSlice® software product. QuickSlice processes STL data to generate machine code to drive the FDM system.


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