3D Print Durable Parts with Real Thermoplastic
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.
The Invention of FDM Technology
Stratasys founder Scott Crump invented FDM Technology more than 20 years ago, and Stratasys has continued to lead the 3D printing revolution ever since, developing a range of systems that appeal to large manufacturers, designers, engineers, educators and other professionals.
How FDM Works
3D printers that run on FDM Technology build parts layer-by-layer by heating thermoplastic material to a semi-liquid state and extruding it according to computer-controlled paths.
FDM uses two materials to execute a print job: modeling material, which constitutes the finished piece, and support material, which acts as scaffolding. Material filaments are fed from the 3D printer's material bays to the print head, which moves in X and Y coordinates, depositing material to complete each layer before the base moves down the Z axis and the next layer begins.
Once the 3D printer is done building, the user breaks the support material away or dissolves it in detergent and water, and the part is ready to use.
FDM is a clean, simple-to-use, office-friendly 3D printing process. Thermoplastic parts can endure exposure to heat, chemicals, humid or dry environments, and mechanical stress. Soluble support materials make it possible to produce complex geometries and cavities that would be difficult to build with traditional manufacturing methods.
FDM Technology builds parts in the same strong, stable plastics used in injection molding, CNC machining and other traditional manufacturing processes.
ABSplus: Opaque standard plastic in 9 colors
ABSplus is the most affordable Stratasys 3D printing material, allowing designers and engineers to work iteratively, prototype often and test thoroughly with production-grade thermoplastic. ABSplus works on all Idea Series 3D Printers and Design Series Performance 3D Printers
ABSi: Translucent standard plastic in 3 colors
ABSi empowers FDM systems to build parts that allow light to pass through. Translucent parts are useful in automotive design and medical-device prototyping. ABSi is engineered to work with Fortus 400mc and 900mc 3D Production Systems.
ABS-M30: Affordable standard thermoplastic in 6 colors
ABS-M30i: Biocompatible, sterilizable engineering plastic
ABS-M30i is a biocompatible 3D printing material that lets medical, pharmaceutical and food-packaging engineers and designers produce surgical planning models, tools and fixtures in-house, directly from CAD data.
ABS-ESD7: Static dissipative standard plastic
ABS-ESD7 static-dissipative thermoplastic was developed for applications where a static charge could damage components, impair performance, or cause an explosion.
ASA: Your go-to FDM prototyping material
UV stability, outstanding aesthetics and good mechanical properties make ASA a great choice for functional prototypes and even end-use parts. Ease of use makes it a top pick for iterative testing and design.
ASA works with soluble support materials for easy, hands-free removal and can be used on all Performance 3D Production Systems. For Fortus 360mc, 400mc and 900mc, colors include red, orange, yellow, green, dark blue, white, dark gray, light gray, ivory and black. Fortus 380mc and 450mc can run black and ivory, with the full range of colors coming in 2015.
FDM Nylon 12: Tough plastic for advanced applications
FDM Nylon 12 is the same tough nylon material popular in traditional manufacturing for its superb price-performance.
You can create advanced prototypes and custom tooling for applications that demand high fatigue resistance — with clean, hassle-free Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology.
PC: Strong engineering plastic in white
PC and FDM technology let engineers and designers marry the speed and agility of 3D printing with the reliability of the most widely used industrial thermoplastic to produce functional prototypes, tooling and end-use parts.
PC-ABS: High-impact engineering plastic in black
PC-ABS FDM thermoplastic offers the best features of two great FDM thermoplastics: the strength and heat resistance of PC and the flexibility of ABS. PC-ABS also exhibits excellent feature definition and surface finish.
PC-ISO: Stronger biocompatible, sterilizable engineering plastic
PC-ISO FDM thermoplastic is biocompatible and can be gamma or EtO sterilized, making it the ideal FDM material for food packaging and medical device manufacturing.
PPSF/PPSU: Sterilizable, strong high-performance plastic
PPSF/PPSU offers the highest heat resistance of any FDM thermoplastic, good mechanical strength and resistance to petroleum and solvents. It is gamma, EtO and autoclave sterilizable.
This material's impressive properties expand what Fortus 400mc and 900mc 3D Production Systems can do, helping you speed product development, gain testing confidence and reduce risk. PPSF/PPSU works with breakaway support material.
ULTEM 1010: Highest heat resistance, ISO-10993 certified, NSF certified
ULTEM 1010's outstanding strength and thermal stability make it ideal for advanced tooling and prototyping applications in the automotive, aerospace, medical and food-production industries. Its food-contact and biocompatibility certifications expand the use of additive manufacturing into applications like custom food-production tools and autoclave-sterilizable medical devices.
ULTEM 9085: FST-rated high-performance plastic
ULTEM 9085 is an FDM thermoplastic ideal for aerospace, automotive and military applications because of its FST rating, high strength-to-weight ratio and existing certifications. It empowers design and manufacturing engineers to 3D print advanced functional prototypes and production parts.