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Fused Deposition Modelling - FDM Technology

Stratasys FDM Technology

As the leader in the 3D Printing industry, Stratasys has developed a wide range of innovative solutions that enable manufacturers, engineers, designers, inventors, educators, and dreamers to create things more effectively and efficiently.

FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) was originally invented and patented by Stratasys founder Scott Crump in 1989. Fast forward to the present, FDM is now the most commonly used 3D printing process also known as FFF (fused filament fabrication.)


What is FDM Technology?

FDM technology is the process of making physical objects by building up successive layers of material. A thermoplastic filament is pushed through an extruder and deposited where needed in each layer to complete the desired object.

At its core is an additive manufacturing (AM) method or process opposite of traditional manufacturing which is subtractive, involving cutting away at a block of material to produce an object. 

3D printing with FDM technology is clean, simple to use, and office friendly. Thanks to production grade materials that are mechanically and environmentally stable. They include many of the same tried-and-tested thermoplastics used in traditional manufacturing processes like injection moulding.

With Stratasys FDM technology, making complex geometries and parts with internal cavities becomes possible. For applications that demand precise tolerances, durability, and stability in different environments, FDM thermoplastics deliver the required properties. 


Benefits and Advantages of FDM?

There are many benefits and advantages associated with FDM 3D printing technology. To help guide manufacturers interested in leveraging FDM Technology, check out various resources here. You’ll also find validation from world leading brands that took the leap forward into innovating their product development and business operations with this technology.



Benefits and Advantages of FDM

FDM Benefits

  • The technology is clean, simple-to-use and office-friendly.
  • Reduce production expenses with Stratasys FDM technology.
  • Manufacturing with FDM technology results in shorter lead times (get to market faster.)
  • Supported production-grade thermoplastics are mechanically and environmentally stable.
  • Complex geometries and cavities that would otherwise be problematic become practical with FDM technology.

FDM Advantages

  • Precision
    Trusted repeatability and relability with engineer-grade percision.

  • Strength
    Multiple options of high-performance for applications that require element resistances.

  • Large Build Capacity
    Browse our 3D Printer Catalog, download the brochures to view specs. 

  • Material Variety
    Best-in-class material portfolio, offering engineer-grade thermoplastics.

  • Rapid Turnaround
    FDM Parts skip tooling, reducing lead times from weeks to days.

  • Part Production
    Produce end-use parts on-demand. 


FDM 3D Printers helped Sierra Space ready the 'Dream Chaser'  for commercial spaceflight.

"3D Printing has been very effective at helping us produce the 'Dream Chaser' vehicle. We largely use Stratasys and their machines to help us develop tooling; specifically locating fixtures."  - Bill James

Senior VP & GM

Space Transportation Sierra Space

"We have to produce these chucks for basically every tile, we have thousands of them on this vehicle. In the Analysis we did it very quickly built a case for using 3D printing to do these chucks. We're looking at tens of thousands hours of saved."  - Bob Gjestvang

Lead Manufacturing Engineer

Thermal Protection & Propulsion Group Sierra Space


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FDM Printers

3D printers that run on FDM Technology build parts layer-by-layer from the bottom up by heating and extruding thermoplastic filaments.

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FDM Materials

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.

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