Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

Production-grade thermoplastics ideal for advanced tooling, fixtures, and end-use parts

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Industrial Thermoplastics

Parts built in 1-5 Business Days

Forge Labs offers a wide range of advanced thermoplastics identical to those used in traditional manufacturing processes, making it ideal for end-use parts, testing real-world material properties, or creating durable jigs, fixtures, and templates for production.

Choose FDM when you need strong, functional parts that are dimensionally stable. Parts produced on Stratasys Fortus machines offer the industries best repeatability of any 3D printing technology and are ideal for manufacturing complex designs in a wide range of thermoplastics.


Materials | Fused Deposition Modeling

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Strongest Additive ABS Thermoplastic 

ABS-M30™ by Stratasys is up to 70 percent stronger than standard ABS, providing significantly better layer bonding, impact resistance and flextural strength than standard level consumer grade ABS. ABS-M30 highly cost effective solution, ideal material for numerous applications including conceptual modeling, functional prototyping, manufacturing tools such as jigs and fixtures as well as end-use production parts.




Tensile Strength

32 MPa


Tensile Modulus

2,230 MPa


Elongation at Break



Flexural Strength

61 MPa


Flexural Modulus

2317 MPa


Notched Izod Impact

139 J/m


Unnotched Izod Impact

283 J/m


Heat Deflection Temperature

86°C @ 0.45 MPa


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Design Guidelines | Fused Deposition Modeling

  • Minimum Wall Thickness:

1 mm

  • Engraved Details

Thickness of 1 mm & depth of 0.3 mm

  • Embossed Details

Thickness of 1 mm & depth of 0.5 mm

  • Unsupported Wall Size

3 mm

  • Minimum Hole Size

0.5 mm

  • Layer Height

125 μm- 330 μm

  • Maximum Build Size

914 x 610 x 914 mm (36 x 24 x 36 in.)

  • Tolerances

± .127 mm (± .005 in.) or ± .0015 mm/mm

  • Anisotropy

Decreased material properties perpendicular to layer lines.

  • Support

Support is soluble for most FDM plastics & does not leave defects.

Advantages of Fused Deposition Modeling

  • Rapid Turnaround

    The spacious build tray allows for orders to be shipped within 2-4 business days

  • Flexible

    Specialized materials suitable for high fatigue applications, such as snap fits and friction fit inserts.

  • Durable

    Durable prototypes built in the same production grade thermoplastics used in injection molding and CNC machining

  • Large Builds

    Produce parts with build volumes up to 36″ x 24″ x 36″, to produce large, complex parts in a single build.

  • Low Cost Per Part

    FDM is one of the most economical 3D Printing technologies, making it ideal for tight budgets

  • Versatile Materials

    Specialized materials for electrostatic dissipation, translucence, biocompatibility, UV Resistance, VO flammability, and FST ratings.

Case Studies | Fused Deposition Modeling

Replacing Traditionally Machined Parts with FDM

Published 25/08/2018

International Submarine Engineering has been able to replace traditionally machined parts on their newest Explorer class AUVs with 3D printed parts.

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3D Printing Architecture

Published 06/03/2020

Together with the rapid print speed and the affordability of FDM - makes it possible for us to provide massing models faster and more affordably than via traditional manufacturing methods.

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FFF vs FDM 3D Printing: Explained

Published 21/04/2019

This article explores the differences between fused filament fabrication (FFF) and Fused Deposition Manufacturing (FDM).

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