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Key shopfloor applications of FDM 3D printing

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FDM 3D printing is a revolutionary technology, transforming shopfloor processes and empowering organisations to reach new heights of efficiency, productivity, and innovation. It grants the ability to rapidly produce intricate designs and prototypes across a wide range of applications, from prototyping and tooling to production and customisation. Stratasys FDM 3D printing has revolutionised shopfloor operations. The versatility, precision, and cost-effectiveness continue to transform the manufacturing landscape.

Key shopfloor applications of FDM 3D printing

Jigs & Fixtures

Jigs and fixtures play a crucial role in manufacturing, ensuring precise positioning and holding of workpieces during machining, assembly, and inspection processes. Stratasys FDM 3D printing offers a cost-effective and versatile solution for creating bespoke jigs and fixtures to enable manufacturers to:

  • Produce complex jigs and fixtures with intricate geometries and features
  • Reduce lead times and costs associated with traditional tooling methods
  • Enhance the flexibility and adaptability of production processes
  • Improve accuracy and consistency of manufacturing operations
Jigs and Fixtures

Custom Tooling

Custom tooling is vital for specialised manufacturing processes, but it can be expensive and time-consuming to produce using traditional methods. Stratasys FDM 3D printing provides a rapid and cost-effective alternative for producing custom tooling, allowing manufacturers to:

  • Design and produce custom tooling on-demand
  • Reduce tooling costs and lead times
  • Optimise tool design for specific applications
  • Enhance flexibility and adaptability in tooling production
Custom Tooling

Composite Tooling

Composite tooling, particularly high-temperature lay-up tooling and soluble core tooling, offers significant advantages in manufacturing processes, including cost savings, as well as more lightweight and more durable results. Stratasys FDM 3D printing enables the production of composite tooling with:

  • Superior strength and durability
  • High-temperature resistance
  • Solubility for easy removal from complex parts
  • Reduced tooling costs and lead times


Moulds are essential components in a variety of manufacturing processes, including injection moulding and casting. Traditional moulding methods are often expensive, lengthy and requires a new and specific mould for each and every job. Stratasys FDM 3D printing offers a fast and versatile solution for creating moulds with:

  • Complex geometries and intricate details
  • High-temperature resistance for a variety of materials
  • Cost-effective compared to traditional methods
  • Reduced lead times
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Bespoke Features

Stratasys FDM 3D printing goes beyond the limitations of traditional manufacturing methods, enabling the creation of bespoke features and completely customised components. FDM 3D printing can create:

  • Unlimited design freedom and customisation
  • Integration of functional features directly into parts
  • Production of complex geometries and intricate details
  • Unmatched customisation capabilities for unique applications


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