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FDM Technology

Experience industrial superiority with Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), the only additive manufacturing technology that works with production-grade thermoplastics in the FDM 3D printer under a patented self-calibrated heated chamber.

Developed in the late 1980s by Stratasys co-founder, Scott Crump, FDM is one of the oldest 3D printing technologies around. As the term FDM was created and copyrighted by Stratasys, the term Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) was coined by open source project RepRap and is now used legally unconstrained by other printer makers. Essentially, both FDM and FFF works similarly by melting plastic and extruding it in a pattern, layer-by-layer on a variable height build platform.

The chamber ensures consistent bonding of layers, as every layer is heated at a specific temperature, offering manufacturers high accuracy and limited part warpage. Multiple parts can also be put together to produce extremely large parts and overcome the maximum build size limitation.

FDM technology uses the same thermoplastic materials found in traditional manufacturing processes but works wonders when trying to achieve complex designs that other 3D printers are incapable of replicating with high-quality and smooth finishes.

With Creatz3D, there is always an FDM thermoplastic that suits your requirements.

THE TECHNOLOGY

FDM technology works by first heating the thermoplastic in the 3D printer to a semi-liquid state. The ultra-fine threads in the semi-liquid state are then deposited along the extrusion path layer by layer. A removable material is deposited by the printer if support is required. The support can be removed during post-processing either by detergent or water.

THE RESULT

FDM technology allows users to build products of unrivaled resistance and strength in chemical, mechanical, and thermal properties, which are unlikely to be distorted in ambient conditions with time. The technology is also ideal for the creation of components that require complicated geometries and performance durability. Design ideas are thus freed from the constraints of traditional manufacturing methods, which have often compromised extreme precision.

TOOLING APPLICATIONS

Create jigs and fixtures faster, with a lower production cost.
Customized tools can all be 3D printed, on-demand.
And they come more cost-effectively than machined tools.

FDM Thermoplastic Materials

ABS-CF10, ABS-ESD7, ABSi, ABS-M30, ABSplus, ABS-M30i, Antero 800NA, Antero 840CN03, ASA, Diran 410MF07, Nylon 6, Nylon 12, Nylon 12CF, PC, PC-ABS, PC-ISO, PLA, PPSF, ST-130, TPU 92A, ULTEM 1010, ULTEM 9085, and more.

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Industrial FDM 3D Printer

Industrial FDM 3D printers from Stratasys cater to all of your design and engineering needs for any environment.

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MakerBot Materials

MakerBot ABS, MakerBot ASA, MakerBot NYLON, MakerBot PETG, MakerBot TOUGH, MakerBot PLA, MakerBot PVA, and more.

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Performance FDM 3D Printer

The METHOD platform from MakerBot was developed to bring industrial technologies into an accessible platform, breaking the price-performance barrier and redefining rapid prototyping.

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