“The rugged factory environment often puts high demands on 3D printing materials and based on our experience, ULTEM 1010 is fully capable of meeting the challenge”

–Larry Crano, automation specialist, UTC Aerospace Systems


Thermoplastics: The Strongest Choice for 3D Printing

FDM 3D Printing Materials

Explore 13 thermoplastics for prototyping and production

3D print durable, accurate and repeatable parts using real production-grade thermoplastics. Fortus 3D Printers work with a growing list of materials that meet the critical demands of aerospace, automotive, medical and commercial manufacturing applications.

Download our white paper to learn about 13 FDM thermoplastics, including details on material characteristics, best-fit applications and selection criteria.

Materials include:

  • ABS for toughness and versatility
  • ABS-ESD7 for static dissipation
  • ABSi for translucence
  • ABS-M30 for tensile, impact and flexural strength
  • ABS-M30i for biocompatibility
  • ASA for UV stability and superior aesthetics
  • FDM Nylon 12 for maximum toughness
  • PC for superior mechanical properties and heat resistance
  • PC-ABS for the highest impact strength
  • PC-ISO for biocompatibility and superior strength
  • PPSF for highest heat and chemical resistance
  • ULTEM 1010 resin for the highest heat resistance, chemical resistance and tensile strength
  • ULTEM 9085 resin for the best mix of mechanical, chemical and thermal properties


High-performance and engineering thermoplastics are available exclusively on Fortus 3D Printers in the Stratasys Production Series.

For everyday prototyping and production, all FDM 3D Printers work with ABS, a standard thermoplastic used in sports equipment, toys and auto parts. The versatility of ABS makes it excellent for:

  • Prototyping parts that will be injection molded
  • Fabricating custom and low-volume product components.
  • Building tools, jigs and fixtures to optimize production and quality control processes.

This white paper can help you determine if ABS will meet your requirements, or whether you may want to consider a Production Series 3D Printer.

FDM 3D Printers build parts layer-by-layer from the bottom up by extruding heated thermoplastic. Software slices a 3D CAD file into layers and calculates an extrusion path. The resulting part is durable, dimensionally stable, and suitable for functional testing or end use.

What are thermoplastics?

Thermoplastics are polymers that melt when heated and solidify when cooled, making them ideal for molding, forming and extrusion processes. Their durability and versatility have made them so essential to manufacturers that you’ll find them in most of the products you use every day.

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