How Fused Deposition Modeling Works
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), also known as Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), is the most well-known form of 3D printing that involves melting, extruding, and depositing thermoplastic filament onto a print bed to build objects layer-by-layer. A popular choice for rapid prototyping, FDM can be used to create custom manufacturing aids and small production parts. FDM also allows the printing of larger objects.
FDM offers the largest variety of production-grade thermoplastics and colors of any 3D printing process. We offer prevailing engineering-grade FDM filament materials including PLA+, ABS, ASA, PETG, PC, and TPU along with premium engineering-grade FDM materials exhibiting outstanding strength and thermal stability for advanced tooling and prototyping applications in the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries, such as PEEK and ULTEM®.
Support structures are necessary when for constructing complex geometries with FDM, which means prints will require additional material, time, and post-processing.