FDM Technology

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 Benefits

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 Materials

FDM Technology builds parts in the same strong, stable plastics used in injection molding, CNC machining and other traditional manufacturing processes.

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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

Download ABSplus Material Spec Sheet

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.

Download ABSi Material Spec Sheet

ABS-M30: Affordable standard thermoplastic in 6 colors

ABS-M30 is the lowest-cost production-grade thermoplastic available on Fortus 360mc, 400mc and 900mc 3D Production Systems. Colors include natural, white, black, dark gray, red and blue.

Download ABSplus Material Spec Sheet

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.

Download ABS-M30i Material Spec Sheet

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.

Download ABS-ESD7 Material Spec Sheet

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.

Download ASAMaterial Spec Sheet

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.

FDM Nylon 12 works on Fortus 360mc, 400mc and 900mc 3D Production Systems.

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.

Download PC Material Spec Sheet

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.

Download PC-ABS Material Spec Sheet

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.

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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.

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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.

Available on the Fortus 400mc, 450mc and 900mc 3D Production System, ULTEM 1010 resin offers the highest heat resistance, chemical resistance and tensile strength of any FDM thermoplastic.

Download ULTEM 1010 Material Spec Sheet

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.

Download ULTEM 9085 Material Spec Sheet

See also:

PolyJet Technology & Materials
WDM Technology & Materials
Rapid Prototyping