Did you know that during the 3D printing process, hardware can be added to an FDM part to mimic insert molding? A pocket or hole is added to accommodate sensors, wiring, RFID tags, fabric, bushings, threaded inserts or other items. During the FDM build process, the job is paused, the item is placed in the part and build is resumed.
FDM creates parts layer-by-layer with engineering-grade thermoplastics and is often used to build complex geometries and functional components, including prototypes, low-volume production pieces, manufacturing aids, and jigs and fixtures.
Check out the pictures below to gain a better understanding of this process.