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Comparing Infill Options for FDM

Xometry offers three different types of infill options in FDM for the interior areas of a part's geometry.

Xomety X
By Team Xometry
October 8, 2020
 2 min read
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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a 3D printing technology that builds a part layer by layer by depositing heated thermoplastic along an extrusion path. In this process, there are several different ways the interior areas of a part can be interpreted when the part is built. Infill describes how those interior areas of a part should be filled in.

Xometry offers three types of infill options: ultralight, light, and solid, each with its own properties. When quoting a part to be made in the FDM process, you will see these options listed under "Material Options".

We simultaneously built examples of an identical FDM part with the three different infill options. We paused the build mid-way to produce these cross-section examples to help you determine the best option for your project.

Ultralight FDM Infill

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Ultralight FDM Infill
Ultralight FDM Infill
Ultralight FDM Infill

Xometry’s ultralight infill parts are filled with a single zig-zag pattern. This is the lightest and least expensive infill option.

Light FDM Infill

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Light FDM Infill
Light FDM Infill
Light FDM Infill

Xometry’s light infill parts are filled with a double cross-hatch pattern. This option provides increased rigidity and is lighter than a complete solid infill.

Solid FDM Infill

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Solid FDM Infill
Solid FDM Infill
Solid FDM Infill

Xometry’s solid infill parts are completely filled for the highest density. This is the heaviest and more expensive option but offers the highest strength.

Takeaways

If you are looking to reduce the part weight as much as possible, then you may want to consider the ultralight infill option. If you are looking to get a part that is as strong and dense as possible, the solid infill option would be most appropriate. The light infill option offers a happy medium between weight and rigidity of the part.

Xomety X
Team Xometry
This article was written by various Xometry contributors. Xometry is a leading resource on manufacturing with CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, 3D printing, injection molding, urethane casting, and more.