The material for the FDM printers is wrapped around a spool. (Source: DDDROP)
The materials that can be used with FDM printers are very different. For example, it is possible to use different types of hard plastics such as: PLA, ABS, PETG, Nylon or PC. But also rubber-like materials such as TPU and TPE and metals such as stainless steel, aluminium, brass and steel. Van Raam mainly uses ABS. This is a plastic material that is highly resistant to UV light (such as sunlight) and various weather conditions. Because of this, the parts made of this material will last a long time on the bikes.
The FDM printing technique is one of the most frequently used 3D printing techniques worldwide. This is because many different materials can be used in this technique and the costs to start with it are low. Therefore, there are many different types of FDM printers available.
At Van Raam this printing technique is mainly used for printing simple production parts in low quantities. Think for example of chain guard parts, cover rings and cover caps, but also moulds and tools for the assembly and production department at Van Raam.