Robust Capabilities with FDM

    What Is 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 resin.

    FDM can create production parts and functional prototypes with outstanding thermal and chemical resistance and excellent strength-to-weight ratios.

    FDM 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.

    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?

    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.

    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 resins for their FST ratings and FAA 25.853 compliance.

    Some materials feature biocompatibility and MRI transparency for medical applications.


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    Proven Expertise with FDM

    Our FDM Quality Assurance

    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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    Our team of experts are ready to take on your project with our advanced manufacturing solutions.


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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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    Weight Savings

    TS Tech saw significant weight savings by replacing an aluminum fixture with an FDM/aluminum hybrid fixture.

    120 Hours

    “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

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    Production Parts

    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

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    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

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    Functional Prototypes

    FDM parts are mechanically, thermally and chemically strong, making it an ideal technology for challenging plastic applications. Read More

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    Fused Deposition Modeling Resources


    3D Printing Puts Fixtures into Gear

    Automotive parts supplier gets up to speed on FDM’s capabilities for fixtures

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    Bringing Downtown Detroit to Life

    The District Detroit Project Uses FDM to Showcase a New Motor City

    The District Detroit Project Uses FDM to Showcase a New Motor City

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    Jigs & Fixtures for the Production Floor

    Open up new possibilities for manufacturing-floor productivity.

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    How it Works: Fused Deposition Modeling

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