Why no FDM printed ABS?

Discussion in 'Technologies and Hardware' started by feklee, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. feklee
    feklee Well-Known Member
    As far as I can tell, FDM printing of ABS plastics is quite popular. The resulting parts have good mechanical properties. Asides from professional printers, most prominently by Statasys, there are comparatively cheap products for tinkering at home: RepRap Project, MakerBot, etc.

    Why doesn't Shapeways offer FDM printing of ABS? Any plans?
  2. stannum
    stannum Well-Known Member
    Sw offered FDM, even with smoothing at some point, and they dropped it completly.
  3. feklee
    feklee Well-Known Member
    That's a pity. Perhaps it's because FDM requires making compromises concerning geometry, compared to say SLS. Also, among the target audience, many may have a MakerBot or similar at home, and then paying for a service seems less appealing.

    I guess I'll check with other providers, because for my current project I'd like to have a robust material such as ABS, and preferably solidly colored in black.

    Interestingly, the EU headquarters of Stratasys are just some kilometers from my current location (Baden-Baden). Unfortunately, they don't offer printing services, at least I'm not aware of that.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2014