FDM Technology

3D print durable parts with real thermoplastic

FDM Technology works with production-grade thermoplastics to build strong, durable and dimensionally stable parts with the best accuracy and repeatability of any 3D printing technology.

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 from the bottom up by heating and extruding thermoplastic filament. The process is simple:

  1. Pre-processing: Build-preparation software slices and positions a 3D CAD file and calculates a path to extrude thermoplastic and any necessary support material.
  2. Production: The 3D printer heats the thermoplastic to a semi-liquid state and deposits it in ultra-fine beads along the extrusion path. Where support or buffering is needed, the 3D printer deposits a removable material that acts as scaffolding.
  3. Post-processing: The user breaks away support material or dissolves it in detergent and water, and the part is ready to use.

Learn more from our FDM FAQs and 3D Printing With FDM white paper.

FDM benefits

  • The technology is clean, simple-to-use and office-friendly
  • Supported production-grade thermoplastics are mechanically and environmentally stable
  • Complex geometries and cavities that would otherwise be problematic become practical with FDM technology

FDM Thermoplastics

FDM Technology uses the same tried and tested thermoplastics found in traditional manufacturing processes. For applications that demand tight tolerances, toughness and environmental stability – or specialized properties like electrostatic dissipation, translucence, biocompatibility, VO flammability or FST ratings – there’s an FDM thermoplastic that can deliver.

FDM 3D Printers

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Idea Series

Develop your ideas with affordable models and prototypes. Idea Series 3D Printers fit your desktop and your budget.

A complex, multicolored assembled planetary gear

Design Series

Perfect your designs with strong, durable and dimensionally-stable parts that withstand tough testing.

Ultem 1010

Production Series

Bring agility and aesthetics to every stage of product development with the widest range of colors and material properties for prototypes and tooling.

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3D Printing with FDM

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Experts in FDM and PolyJet technologies are located around the globe to help you succeed with a 3D printing solution that fits your company, application and budget.

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