Basics of Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)

Fredrick Madaraka Mwema, Esther Titilayo Akinlabi

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98 Citations (Scopus)


In this chapter, an overview of the basic principles of fused deposition modelling, commonly known as 3D printing technology, is presented. The chapter begins by introducing the holistic concept of additive manufacturing and its scientific principle as the technology for the modern and future industry. Then, the science of 3D printing is described. The applications of FDM in various fields are also highlighted with a focus on an interesting role the 3D printing technology is playing in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic. The chapter also gives a highlight of the parameters involved in fused deposition modelling of polymers and their basic interaction with the properties of the manufactured components. In relation to the process parameters, quality aspects of FDM products have also been briefly described in the chapter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
ISSN (Print)2191-530X
ISSN (Electronic)2191-5318


  • Additive manufacturing
  • Defects, fused deposition modelling
  • Quality of prints
  • Surface roughness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Mathematics
  • General Materials Science
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • General Engineering


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