Fused Deposition Modeling

Fused deposition modeling couples 3D printing's unparalleled design freedom and fast lead times with production-grade thermoplastics to create durable parts with excellent mechanical properties. This technology is ideal for functional prototypes, durable manufacturing tools, and low-volume end-use parts, and is suitable for aerospace and other industries that rely on certified manufacturing. 

Close-up view of the inside of a 3D-printed spacer part for Airbus

Why work with Materialise Manufacturing?

Access to the right material is key when you're creating functional prototypes or end-use parts for demanding environments. With FDM at Materialise you have a wide choice of high-performance thermoplastics, including flame-retardant, electrostatic-dissipative, and biocompatible materials. Fast Lane service is available for selected materials and finishes when you order online, meaning your model can be shipped within 48 hours. 

Technical specifications

Maximum build dimensions

Dimensions are unlimited as components may be composed of several sub-parts.

The maximum build envelope is 914 x 610 x 914 mm

Standard accuracy

±0.15% (with a lower limit on ±0.2 mm)

Layer thickness

0.18 – 0.33 mm (material dependent)

Minimum wall thickness

1 mm

Surface structure

Unfinished parts typically have a rough surface but various post-production finishes are possible


Choose from a broad selection of materials when you come to Materialise for your fused deposition modeling projects.

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