Discover the FDM Technology
Create functional parts and prototypes
What is FDM?
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology is a powerful Stratasys-patented additive manufacturing method.
FDM builds concept models, functional prototypes and end-use parts in standard, engineering-grade and high-performance thermoplastics. It’s the only professional 3D printing technology that uses production-grade thermoplastics, so parts are unrivaled in mechanical, thermal and chemical strength.
FDM 3D Printers
A range of FDM machines from Stratasys
Fortus 380mc / 450mc
A workhorse 3D printer for engineers that require demanding flexibility to print larger-sized or many parts in an array of engineering-grade materials with high speed and unfailing throughput.
The Stratasys F123 series combines powerful FDM technology with design to print GrabCAD software for the most versatile and intelligent solution available
The Stratasys F900 is the ultimate manufacturing-grade production 3D printer with the widest array of engineering-grade materials, maximum throughput, largest build platform, and highest accuracy.
Multiple colours, textures and forms
ABS-ESD7 thermoplastic Stratasys 3D printing material has static dissipative properties for applications where a static charge can damage products, impair their performance or cause an explosion.
ABS-M30 is ideal for conceptual modeling, functional prototyping, manufacturing tools and production parts. ABS-M30 has greater strength than standard ABS.
ABS-M30i is a Stratasys biocompatible 3D printing material perfectly suited for medical, pharmaceutical and food-packaging applications.
ABSi thermoplastic Stratasys 3D printing material is a clear choice for prototypes that mimic the final product. No outsourcing means greater versatility for automotive, aerospace and medical industries.
ABSplus-P430 is a production-grade thermoplastic for the uPrint 3D Printer and is ideal for building 3D models and prototypes in an office environment.
Antero 800NA PEKK-based thermoplastic combines FDM’s design freedom with the excellent mechanical properties and low outgassing characteristics of PEKK.
Outdoor-use production parts benefit from the strength, colour choice and UV resistance of ASA material
ESD PEKK is a thermoplastic with static dissipative properties for applications where a static charge can damage products or impair performance.
FDM Nylon 12
FDM Nylon 12 combines strength with excellent fatigue properties suitable for repetitive closures, snap fits and vibration-resistant parts.
FDM Nylon 12CF
FDM Nylon 12CF combines strength with excellent fatigue properties suitable for repetitive closures, snap fits and vibration-resistant parts.
FDM Nylon 6
FDM Nylon 6 possesses excellent strength and stiffness while maintaining good impact resistance among the three Nylon 3D printing materials from Stratasys
FDM TPU 92A
FDM TPU 92A brings the benefits of elastomers to Stratasys FDM 3D printing and offers the capability to quickly produce large and complex elastomer parts.
PC (polycarbonate) material is widely used in automotive, aerospace, medical and many other applications. PC offers accuracy, durability and stability.
PC-ABS is a high-impact engineering thermoplastic with heat resistance ideal for functional prototyping, tooling and low-volume manufacturing
PC-ISO is a bio-compatible FDM thermoplastic that lets engineers create prototypes, molds and products in a heat-resistant material for the pharmaceutical, food packaging and medical industries.
PLA is a renewable plastic material offered as a low-cost material option for fast-draft part iterations. Available on the office-friendly Stratasys F123™ 3D printers.
PPSF / PPSU
PPSF / PPSU (polyphenylsulfone) Stratasys 3D printing material has the greatest heat and chemical resistance of all FDM materials
ST-130 Sacrificial Tooling
ST-130 Sacrificial Tooling material simplifies the production of hollow composite parts. Complex tools can be 3D printed and easily dissolved after curing.
ULTEM 1010 resin is one of the strongest Stratasys FDM thermoplastics, possessing high heat resistance and thermal stability for 3D printed parts.
FDM Technology Benefits
Stratasys makes it simple to build production models
Prove your design before going to production. Get to market faster by printing your physical prototypes quickly in-house. You will be able to identify any product deficiencies and make improvements early in the design process when it’s least costly.
Producing functional prototypes typically takes from a few hours to overnight. It will allow you to catch flaws before they become costly engineering changes. It also reduces time-to-market and maximizes product performance.
Printing a low-volume production run with FDM machines can maximize sales opportunities while minimizing cost and lead time because there’s no minimum quantity requirement. Plus, part complexity doesn’t add time or cost, so production can begin as soon as the CAD files are sent to the 3D production system.
The FDM systems provide a fast and accurate means of producing tooling. The efficiency of the FDM 3D Printing process makes it practical to optimize tooling design.
Molding & Tooling
Print jigs, fixtures, gauges, patterns, molds, and dies. With FDM 3D Printing you have the opportunity to create tooling and custom fixtures giving you the flexibility to embrace more opportunities, act faster and shrink the cost and risk associated with traditional production.
Instead of spending time and money to machine, fabricate, mold or cast your tools you can easily print them using a variety of high performance materials.
3D Printing Success
Learn how manufacturers are using Stratasys FDM Technology
Stratasys FDM 3D Printers build the most durable, stable, repeatable parts in the industry.
With accuracy that rivals injection molding and an array of real thermoplastic materials, manufacturers can now 3D print low-volume, customized production runs. FDM 3D printed parts removes the constraints imposed by traditional manufacturing processes, such as injection molding or die casting.
Is FDM Technology right for you?
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