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FDM Technology

FDM technology is the process of making physical objects by building up successive layers of material with an extruded thermoplastic filament.

FDM is an additive manufacturing process also known as 3D printing. 

This contrasts with subtractive manufacturing like machining, which removes material to produce an object.  

FDM’s additive nature and soluble support material simplify the creation of parts with complex geometries and internal cavities. FDM technology is clean and office-friendly, thanks to production grade materials that are mechanically and environmentally stable. FDM thermoplastics also deliver the necessary properties for applications that demand precise tolerances, durability, and stability in different environments. They include many of the same thermoplastics used in traditional manufacturing processes like injection molding.


Benefits of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology

Stratasys FDM technology offers valuable efficiencies over conventional manufacturing methods, letting you cut production costs while benefitting from shorter lead times for quicker market entry. FDM’s broad material portfolio addresses a wide spectrum of applications, from functional prototyping to end-use parts.  

Advantages of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM 3D Printing)

FDM technology is trusted for its precision, reliability and repeatability. With printers that are at home in an office, to industrial-grade platforms for the factory floor, it is one of the easiest 3D printing technologies to learn and operate. Material diversity opens your application space with capabilities bridging engineering-grade plastics to high-performance polymers.

Discover Industries

All Industires

The versatility, ease of use and sizeable material selection of FDM technology makes it a go-to resource for all major industries that need time and cost-efficient alternatives to traditional manufacturing. 

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FDM 3D Printing for Aerospace

FDM parts help aerospace companies reduce weight and increase efficiency.

Toyota Racing's GR86 Race Car - Automotive 3D Printing Solutions by Stratasys

FDM 3D Printing for Automotive

Strong carbon-fiber FDM materials give auto manufacturers options for ergonomic, agile tooling.

railway 3d printing industry

FDM 3D Printing for Railway

Specific FDM materials meet cabin regulatory performance and safety requirements.


All Applications

The combination of capable printers, durable materials and proven reliability makes FDM technology the perfect fit for many different applications.

FDM Jigs Fixtures

FDM Jigs and Fixtures

Durable FDM materials offer a faster, more economical way to make essential manufacturing aids.

FDM Prototyping

FDM Rapid Prototyping

Ease of use and durable print results make functional prototyping a foundational FDM application.

composite mold tools

FDM Composite Tooling

High-performance FDM polymers offer a faster alternative to conventionally made composite tooling.

FDM Prod Parts

FDM Production Parts

FDM technology makes low-volume and out-of-production spare parts economically feasible.

FDM Technology 3D Printers

All FDM Printers

FDM printers cross the spectrum from small but capable office-friendly systems to large-capacity industrial printers.                                                                       

F3300 3D printer


Built for Manufacturing, F3300 redefines FDM technology with benchmark reliability and quality and up to twice the print speed of competitive platforms.

F170 with part


F170 printers give designers, engineers and educators access to affordable, industrial-grade 3D printing.

F370 with part


F370 printers offer industrial-grade capability with simple operation.


F123CR Series

F123CR printers combine versatile capability with carbon-fiber materials.



The F770 blends large-format FDM printing at an accessible price.

Fortus 450mc

Fortus 450mc

The Fortus 450mc delivers industrial-grade printing with a highly versatile range of materials.



Large capacity, high-performance materials and proven dependability make the F900 the FDM workhorse.

F170 with part

F170 printers give designers, engineers and educators access to affordable, industrial-grade 3D printing.

F370 with part

F370 printers offer industrial-grade capability with simple operation.

FDM Thermoplastic Materials

All Materials

A significant advantage of FDM technology is the quantity of available materials. They include durable engineering-grade thermoplastics for high-use, general purpose printing, strong carbon fiber materials, and high-performance polymers capable of meeting the most demanding applications.                                                              

ULTEM™ 9085 resin.

ULTEM™ 9085 Resin

This PEI polymer offers excellent physical and mechanical properties for demanding applications.

9085, 1010 and ULTEM™ are trademarks of SABIC, its affiliates or subsidiaries.


Antero 800NA

This PEKK-based material has low outgassing characteristics in addition to superior mechanical properties.

This 3D printed lug nut starter is a lightweight solution that improves ergonomics and assembly speed.

FDM Nylon 12CF

Nylon 12CF contains chopped carbon fiber, making it one of the stiffest materials in the FDM suite of thermoplastics.

FDM ABS-CF10 - The easiest way to 3D print with carbon fiber. Combined with soluble support, you get in hours what would take days to traditionally machine.


The addition of chopped carbon fibers to ABS provides a stronger, stiffer version of this versatile thermoplastic.

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This versatile material offers excellent characteristics for many printing applications and includes UV resistance.

ULTEM™ 9085 resin.

9085, 1010 and ULTEM™ are trademarks of SABIC, its affiliates or subsidiaries.

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GrabCAD Print Software

Simplify your 3D printing workflow with powerful and intuitive software.

GrabCAD Print software is what makes Stratasys 3D printers go, providing the features and flexibility to make 3D printing easy and understandable. At its core, GrabCAD Print software removes the friction of going from a CAD model to a physical 3D printed part and speeds up the process. You designed the part, now let GrabCAD Print software do the rest to make it a reality.