Fused deposition modelling (FDM) printing builds parts layer by layer from the bottom up, by heating and depositing thermoplastic filament.
A technique invented by Stratasys more than 30 years ago, it is popular among modern manufacturers seeking viable alternatives to metal production, for example, where fabrication is extremely time-consuming, tooling is expensive and achieving complex shapes is difficult.
FDM uses engineering-grade thermoplastics to create accurate, repeatable, environmentally stable, lightweight but high-strength shapes faster than ever before, reducing waste and energy usage in the process.
Prints are tough enough to be used as advanced conceptual models, functional prototypes, manufacturing tools and production parts.
FDM is a cost-effective method for printing functional prototypes, manufacturing aids and high value, low volume projects.
FDM parts can be printed in just hours, meaning lead-times are short.
FDM is ideal for custom tooling, jigs and fixtures, which means you can switch between projects faster than ever before and at a fraction of the cost.
"FDM is really the king of all 3D-printing processes. It’s here to stay – there’s no other process which is safer and more reliable in general."
Jake Augur - Fluxaxis