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. 

Discover applications of fused deposition modeling

Rear view of the backing of a car headlight  prototype printed in ABS using FDM
Tough and durable, 3D-printed ABS is an ideal choice for prototyping automotive components like the back of this Aston Martin headlight.
Interior view of Airbus spacer panel, printed in Ultem 9085
Printed in Ultem 9085, this spacer panel was Airbus' first ever 3D-printed cabin part and was 15% lighter than a conventially produced panel.
Automotive fixture for positioning car logo, printed in ABS-ESD7
This one-piece glueing jig, printed in strong, durable ABS-ESD7 using FDM technology, is 64% lighter than its predecessor, and almost 50% cheaper.
Two air ducts printed in flame-retardant Ultem using FDM technology
Strong, lightweight, and flame retardant, Ultem 9085 is a common choice for highly functional prototypes and production-grade end-use parts.

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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