FDM Technology

3D print durable parts with real thermoplastic

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.

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology

Advantages of 3D printing FDM Technology with a Stratasys FDM Machine

Tough long-lasting parts

FDM technology works with engineering-grade thermoplastics to build strong, long-lasting and dimensionally stable parts with the best accuracy and repeatability of any 3D printing technology. FDM Technology parts are tough enough to be used as advanced conceptual models, functional prototypes, manufacturing tools and production parts.

Meet production demands

FDM systems are as versatile and durable as the parts they produce. Advanced FDM 3D Printers boast the largest build envelopes and material capacities in their class, delivering longer, uninterrupted build times, bigger parts and higher quantities than other additive manufacturing systems, delivering high throughput, duty cycles and utilization rates.

Gain new possibilities

FDM 3D Printers streamline processes from design through manufacturing, reducing costs and eliminating traditional barriers along the way. Industries can cut lead times and costs, products turn out better and get to market faster.

FDM 3D Printers

A range of FDM machines from Stratasys

Fortus 380mc

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.

Stratasys F123 Polyjet

Stratasys F123

The Stratasys F123 series combines powerful FDM technology with design to print GrabCAD software for the most versatile and intelligent solution available

Stratasys F900 Production Machine

Stratasys F900

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.

uPrint SE Plus 3D Printer

uPrint

Thousands of engineers and educators rely on the uPrint SE Plus desktop 3D Printer to create physical prototypes of their 3D CAD models in ABS plastic.

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FDM Materials

Multiple colours, textures and forms

ABS-ESD7 hard drive fixture

ABS-ESD7

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 fan

ABS-M30

ABS-M30 is ideal for conceptual modeling, functional prototyping, manufacturing tools and production parts. ABS-M30 has greater strength than standard ABS.

ABS M30i 3D printed foot

ABS-M30i

ABS-M30i is a Stratasys biocompatible 3D printing material perfectly suited for medical, pharmaceutical and food-packaging applications.

ABSi Material Example Part

ABSi

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 screw caps

ABSplus-P430

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 Material

Antero 800NA

Antero 800NA PEKK-based thermoplastic combines FDM’s design freedom with the excellent mechanical properties and low outgassing characteristics of PEKK.

Stratasys Thermoplatics ASA exterior outlet 3D printed part

ASA

Outdoor-use production parts benefit from the strength, colour choice and UV resistance of ASA material

ESD PEKK Example Model

ESD PEKK

ESD PEKK is a thermoplastic with static dissipative properties for applications where a static charge can damage products or impair performance.

FDM Nylon 12 battery box

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 fixture

FDM Nylon 12CF

FDM Nylon 12CF combines strength with excellent fatigue properties suitable for repetitive closures, snap fits and vibration-resistant parts.

Nylon 6 Jig 3D Printed Part

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 flexible tube Elastomer Material

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 Blow Mold

PC (polycarbonate)

PC (polycarbonate) material is widely used in automotive, aerospace, medical and many other applications. PC offers accuracy, durability and stability.

PC-ABS hand vac

PC-ABS

PC-ABS is a high-impact engineering thermoplastic with heat resistance ideal for functional prototyping, tooling and low-volume manufacturing

PC-ISO 3D printed part

PC-ISO

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 3D Printed Rocket

PLA

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 3D Printed Chemical Resistant Parts

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

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 medical part

ULTEM 1010

ULTEM 1010 resin is one of the strongest Stratasys FDM thermoplastics, possessing high heat resistance and thermal stability for 3D printed parts.

ULTEM 9085 airplane wing

ULTEM 9085

ULTEM 9085 resin material lets manufacturers create functional prototypes and production parts for high-strength, FST-rated and certified applications.

FDM Technology Benefits

Stratasys makes it simple to build production models

Rapid Prototype Example

Physical Testing

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.

3D Printer Production Run

Production Parts

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.

ABS-M30 Paper pulp mold

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.

Example Parts

Take a look at example models created with the FDM Technology:

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