FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is an additive manufacturing technology that builds parts up layer-by-layer by heating and extruding thermoplastic filament. Ideal for building durable components with complex geometries in nearly any shape and size, FDM is the only additive manufacturing process that uses materials like ABS, PC-ISO polycarbonate, and ULTEM 9085. This means FDM can create parts and prototypes with outstanding thermal and chemical resistance, and excellent strength-to-weight ratios. With our fast lead times and finishing options, FDM is a smart choice for anything from concept models to engineering models and production parts.

Benefits: Durable and strong parts made from extruded engineering grade plastics. Multiple colors available.

Lead Time: Most FDM projects ship out in a standard lead time of 3 – 5 business days.

Tolerances: FDM prototypes can achieve tolerances of +/- .005” for the first inch, plus an additional +/- .002” for each additional inch.

Build Layer Thickness: FDM parts are typically built with a layer thickness of .007” - .010”.

Recommended Minimum Feature Size: FDM parts have a recommended minimum feature size of .025” - .030”.

Single piece build size is as large as 36" x 24" x 36" however, larger components can be printed in sections and bonded together using industrial adhesive to create a nearly seamless assembled part.

Ideal uses of FDM

  • Manufacturing aids
  • Low volume production parts
  • Jigs and fixtures
  • Functional prototypes
  • Master patterns
  • Threaded inserts installed mid-build
  • End use material validation

FDM Printers

  • Fortus 900mc
  • Fortus 450mc
  • Fortus 250mc
  • Dimension 1200es
Fused Deposition Modeling

FDM Finishing Options

  • Support Removal
  • Painted
  • EMI Shielding

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