Turning filament into industrial-strength parts.

FDM can build just about any geometry you have in mind. That’s why you can find FDM parts as end-use components in airplanes, as production tools in an automotive factory, and as prototypes just about anywhere.

 

How does FDM work?

FDM is a filament-based technology where a temperature-controlled head extrudes a thermoplastic material layer by layer onto a build platform. A support structure is created where needed and built in a water-soluble material.

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Why choose FDM?

The great advantage of FDM is the durable materials it uses, the stability of their mechanical properties over time, and the quality of the parts. The production-grade thermoplastic materials used in FDM are suitable for detailed functional prototypes, durable manufacturing tools and low-volume manufacturing parts.

 

Ideal applications for FDM

  • Low-volume production of complex end-use parts
  • Prototypes for form, fit and function testing
  • Prototypes directly constructed in production materials

Choose FDM When You Need…

  • High accuracy
  • Functional parts
  • Durable parts with high stability
  • Production-grade materials
  • Fast lead times

Technical Specifications for FDM

Standard lead time Minimum of 4 working days (or 48 hours for models using the Fast Lanes service), depending on part size, number of components and finishing degrees.
Standard accuracy ± 0.15% (with lower limit on ± 0.2 mm)
Minimum wall thickness 1 mm
Layer thickness 0.18 – 0.25 mm (varies depending on the chosen material)
Maximum part dimensions Dimensions are unlimited as components may be composed of several sub-parts. The maximum build envelope is 914 x 610 x 914 mm.
Surface structure Unfinished parts typically have a rough surface but all kinds of fine finishes are possible. FDM parts can be sandblasted, smoothed, colored/impregnated, painted and coated.

Materials for FDM

For more material properties and technical specifications, please visit our Resource Center to download the material datasheets.

Finishing Degrees for FDM Parts

Finishing Support removal Sandblasting Smoothing Primer Coating/Paint
Basic        
Normal
Building layers not visible
   
Primer  
Spray Paint    
Spray painted according to RAL color
Flocked    
Coated in flocking fiber for velvet-like touch; available in 20 colors
Soft Touch
Soft touch coating according to RAL color (translucent)
Dead Matte Paint
Our most matte option, with gloss factor of 10%
Matte Paint
Gloss factor of 30%
Satin Paint
Gloss factor of 50%
High-Gloss Paint
Our most glossy option, with gloss factor of 90%
Fine-Texture Paint
Matte color paint with fine texture
Medium-Texture Paint
Matte color paint with medium texture
Coarse-Texture Paint
Matte color paint with coarse texture