FDM Part Prototyping

This post is simply to show how neat the FDM process is. FDM stands for Fused Deposition Modeling and is a neat tool for prototyping plastic parts. I was able to see the results of FDM after a customer had one of my models done with the process, he was nice enough to let me take some pics of it 🙂 . Frankly I think this kind of prototyping opens up a wide variety of interesting possibilities in terms of being able to develop plastic enclosures and various other mechanical projects.

Here are some images:


The two peices in FDM, this is a deposited ABS IIRC.
The two peices in FDM, this is a deposited ABS IIRC.

I altered the levels to show how the process fills in non critical areas. Of course it would depend on the machine performing the action.
I altered the levels to show how the process fills in non critical areas. Of course it would depend on the machine performing the action.

Corner Detail FDM
Corner Detail FDM

This is a very interesting process, hopefully I can make use of it in the future.

Here’s the wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fused_deposition_modeling

Programming, Drafting, Designing and whatever else…

Well, it’s been a busy few weeks since I left the business training program. Thankfully I have some work lined up and things may go well for the short-term. For the last while I was working on the design for a plastic enclosure for a customer. Everything went quite well and the customer is an absolute joy to work for/with. Based on a board and taking cues from other ideas, I drafted a simple enclosure for a device. Here are some pictures of the enclosure.

enclose2-1
enclose2-2

Worked out well…

Also, I am now continuing my foray into the automation stormer viscometer as well as my auditory camera level. Things should go quite well if I bust my ass…