Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

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Production-Grade Thermoplastics

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a 3D printing technology widely known for its speed, accuracy, and competitive cost.

Our FDM solution offers large build volumes up to 24″ x 36″ x 36″, a variety of colors, and a diverse selection of production-grade thermoplastics ‒ from ABS to Polycarbonate to Ultem.

Advantages of FDM

FDM 3D Printing lets you produce durable, accurate, and repeatable parts suitable for concept modes, prototypes, and end-use.
Since manufacturing is done without the need for tooling, FDM is considered a faster alternative to injection molding.

 


Accuracy

We use the most advanced industrial FDM 3D printers designed to meet tolerances of +/- 0.004” or +/- 0.002” per inch, whichever is greater.


Durable Materials

FDM printed parts are available in a variety of high-performance plastics for applications that require resistance to the elements.


Large Builds

Xometry can produce FDM parts with large build volumes up to 24″ x 36″ x 36″.

 


Complex Geometries

Geometries can be built more easily due to the 3D printing process, adding complexity without additional cost.


Rapid Turnaround

Parts can typically be shipped within 3 days, allowing for faster design iterations and speed to market.


Part Production

FDM is capable of producing end-use parts on-demand, increasing throughput.

 

 

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Applications

Concept Models

The speed and versatility of FDM lets product developers create physical snapshots of their designs through the iterative process.

Rapid Prototyping

FDM can be used to create durable prototypes that withstand thermal, chemical, and mechanical stress.

Manufacturing Tools

High-performance materials make FDM a perfect solution for producing jigs, fixtures, tool masters and production tooling.

Materials

Colors

White

Light Gray

Gray

Dark Gray

Black

Yellow

Orange

Red

Green

Blue

Dark Blue

Ivory

Natural

Tan

Translucent Natural

Translucent Amber

Translucent Red


Finishes

Standard

FDM parts are built with support material that is removed during post-processing. The part surfaces are left with fine layer lines.

Custom

Xometry can provide additional processing (i.e., painting or sanding) to meet your needs.

FDM Design Guide

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a 3D printing technology that builds a part layer by layer by depositing heated thermoplastic along an extrusion path. We’ve put together this guide to help inspire and inform your decisions when designing for FDM 3D printing.

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Additional Resources

FDM Mini-Guide

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a 3D printing technology that builds a part layer by layer by depositing heated thermoplastic along an extrusion path.

We’ve put together this mini-guide to help inspire and inform your decisions when designing for FDM 3D printing.

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