The uPrint F170 is powered by Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology, the registered acronym for Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). A spool of thermoplastic is inserted through a heated nozzle and then deposited on a 3D printing build surface. After the extrusion, the material cools down and solidifies to create a solid layer. Each layer is fused with the previous one and the 3D part is fabricated, layer after layer.
The Stratasys F170 has with 2 material spool bays: one for 3D printing (PLA, ABS-M30, or ASA) and one for QSR (Quick Support Release) soluble support material.
- Read the User Manual
- Sign up for GrabCAD Print, Stratasys's 3D print preparation (a.k.a. "slicing") software
What is Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)?
FDM is a filament-based technology where a temperature-controlled head extrudes a thermoplastic material layer by layer onto a build platform. A support structure is created where needed and built in a water-soluble material.
Ideal applications for FDM
- Low-volume production of complex end-use parts
- Prototypes for form, fit and function testing
- Prototypes directly constructed in production materials
Examples of Objects Made on the F170