What is Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)?

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a 3D printing process popular for its accuracy, speed, and competitive cost. In Fused Deposition Modeling a melted plastic filament is extruded to create a 3d object. Parts created using Fused Deposition Modeling are very rigid and are well suited for projects with a rigidity requirement.

Fused Deposition Modeling requires a 3 step process:

Pre-processing – Software slices and converts a 3D CAD file into information that can be used for printing the part.
Production – An extruder head extrudes a melted plastic filament one layer at a time until the part is completed.
Post-processing – During post-processing, the support material is removed and custom finishes are applied.

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Applications

Concept Models
The speed, accuracy, and versatility of FDM make it perfect for creating 3D models of new products.


Tool Manufacturing
Materials used in FDM, make it an excellent option for producing fixtures, tool masters, and production tooling.


Rapid Prototyping
Fused Deposition Modeling is capable of producing strong prototypes that will hold up to chemical, thermal and mechanical stress.

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Benefits

Materials used in Fused Deposition Modeling are durable and have a high tolerance to environmental factors.


We use the latest Fused Deposition Modeling 3D printers to ensure high-quality, precision manufacturing.


Large Parts
Fused Deposition Modeling parts can be produced in build volumes as large as 24″ x 36″ x 36″.


Fast Turnaround
3DPrintShop.io ships parts in as little as two business days.


Complex Designs
The Fused Deposition Modeling process makes it easier to produce more complex designs without additional cost.


Part Production
Using Fused Deposition Modeling technology we can produce end-use parts quickly and efficiently.

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Materials & FInishes

Available materials used in Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printing includes Nylon, Polycarbonate (PC), Polyetherimide (PEI) [Ultem], Polyphenylsulfone (PPSF), Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate (ASA).


Standard – Fused Deposition Modeling part surfaces have fine layer lines. All support material is removed during post-processing.


Custom Processing – Please contact our 3D specialists to discuss custom processing options (i.e.painting, sanding). Call today (281) 335-3968.

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