As part of the CyberBuild effort, we have recently acquired a Stratasys 1650 Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) machine which can build testable ABS plastic parts in matter of hours or days. The primary interface to the machine is a polygonal boundary representation of the desired geometrical shape expressed in the STL format which can be written by most CAD tools. We are conducting research to develop an effective file interface for curved surfaces and for part descriptions that contain unresolved Boolean operations
Summary of operating instructions for the FDM machine.
Fortus 3D Production Systems use Stratasys
FDM® (fused deposition modeling) technology.
Some random hints and experience gained in the use of this software.