FDM is a fast and cost-effective 3D printing process whereby plastic resin is deposited layer-by-layer, producing a functional and durable part great for concept modeling or low-volume production.
Why Produce Parts With FDM?
- For when you need strong parts fast, with accuracy for testing your design concept.
- FDM allows for production of parts with complex geometries in small quantities, ideal for prototyping
- FDM [or Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)] allows for wide range of thermoplastic material selection for parts resistant to heat, as well as mechanical and chemical stresses.
Benefits of FDM Printing With Us
Fast & Durable
- Parts produced through FDM are great for developing your idea, where you can see your design come to life with fast lead times
Quality & Design Support
- Get one-to-one support from dedicated program manager and support from design team to ensure your part is on time and meets your needs
Prototyping & Low-Volume Production
- Get rapid parts with high durability and functional accuracy for cost-effective testing your initial design
Maximum Part Size:
24 x 36 x 36 inches (610 x 914 x 914 mm)
Minimum Wall Thickness:
0.1 inches (2.5 mm)
Minimum Feature Size:
0.016 inches (0.4 mm)
Best Achievable Tolerance:
+/- 0.0035 inches or +/- 0.0015 inches per inch (+/- 0.089 mm or +/- 0.0015 mm per mm) depending on geometry
Can be as low as 3 days
- Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
- Polycarbonate (PC)
- Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate (ASA)
- ULTEM 1010 [high-performance polyetherimide (PEI)]
- ULTEM 9085 (flame-retardant, high-performance thermoplastic)
Applications For FDM
FDM is the most widely used 3D printing process because of its fast and cost-effective part production for testing your design concept with functionally accurate prototypes. Here are some example applications: