Robust Capabilities with FDM
What Is FDM?
It utilizes strong, engineering-grade materials like ABS, Polycarbonate and ULTEM™ 9085.
FDM from the Pioneers of 3D Printing
FDM's Big Impact with Small Production Runs
FDM helps companies say yes to more opportunities in low-volume, customized production parts.
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FDM: Familiar Thermoplastics, Fast
What Is FDM Best Used For?
Use the same strong, stable plastics you’re familiar with to build geometries only attainable with 3D printing.
Engineer-Grade Thermoplastics with FDM
A wide-range of industry specific thermoplastics will help you achieve specific characteristics.
Projects in the industrial, heavy machinery and transportation industries utilize PC-ABS for its superior strength, and aerospace engineers favor ULTEM™ 9085 and 1010 for their FST ratings and FAA 25.853 compliance.
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Proven Expertise with FDM
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FDM Expertise in Your Corner
Years of experience with FDM has led us to develop proprietary manufacturing techniques and undertake material development for specialized applications.
With quality certifications ISO 9001 and AS9100 certifications and ITAR registration, our team of engineers won’t rest until your requirements are met for precise parts.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are FDM parts as strong as components built using traditional manufacturing methods?
The orientation of a printed part on the build platform has an effect on its strength. Parts are stronger along the X- and Y-axis of the build than the Z-axis.
What level of detail can be obtained with FDM?
FDM is available in several resolutions. At its highest resolution, the layer thickness is 0.005” and the X/Y resolution is 0.024”.
Can inserts be staked or added during an FDM build?
Washers, nuts, bolts, threaded rods, or other objects can be inserted mid-build by technicians without secondary operations.
Learn more about what design considerations you should keep in mind with FDM.
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TS Tech saw significant weight savings by replacing an aluminum fixture with an FDM/aluminum hybrid fixture.
“Stratasys Direct Manufacturing can produce a hybrid check fixture of roughly half metal and half ABS-M30™ thermoplastic in just two weeks, while the aluminum fixture takes six weeks or more to manufacture,” Stephen Mollett, TS Tech
Fused Deposition Modeling Applications
FDM has proven to build durable production parts for low-volume and short-run production applications. It is also effective for high volumes of components when the designs are too complex for conventional manufacturing to execute. Read More
Jigs & Fixtures
With fast lead times and lightweight possibilities, our advanced manufacturing solutions allow for custom operator and applications like jigs and fixtures. Read More
FDM parts are mechanically, thermally and chemically strong, making it an ideal technology for challenging plastic applications. Read More
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