Robust Capabilities with FDM
FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) offers 3D printing’s unparalleled design freedom and fast lead times coupled with strong thermoplastics. It utilizes strong, engineering-grade materials like ABS, Polycarbonate and ULTEM™ 9085. FDM can create production parts and functional prototypes with outstanding thermal and chemical resistance and excellent strength-to-weight ratios.
From the Pioneers of 3D Printing
Being a part of the family that invented FDM technology means we’re backed by Stratasys’ strong commitment to R&D. Our in-house FDM experts are constantly exploring new applications and possibilities alongside the Stratasys team.
A Big Impact with Small Production Runs
FDM helps companies say yes to more opportunities in low-volume, customized production parts.
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Familiar Thermoplastics, Fast
FDM technology allows you to use engineering-grade thermoplastics that are ready for harsh environments, tough testing, and demanding applications. Use the same strong, stable plastics you’re familiar with to build geometries only attainable with 3D printing.
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. Some materials feature biocompatibility and MRI transparency for medical applications.
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Making a precision FDM part takes more than just a machine. It takes a responsive team behind the technology, working to validate the materials and processes that ensure your project’s success. As part of the Stratasys family, our FDM services are backed by pioneers of the 3D printing industry.
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
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.
Jigs & Fixtures
With fast lead times and lightweight possibilities, our advanced manufacturing solutions allow for custom operator and applications like jigs and fixtures.
FDM parts are mechanically, thermally and chemically strong, making it an ideal technology for challenging plastic applications.
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