Fused Deposition Modeling


  • Low costs
  • Wide array of thermoplastic materials


  • ​Slow printing speeds
  • Lower print resolutions

How it works

Fused Deposition Modeling, or FDM printing, works by extruding plastic through a hot nozzle and precisely moving the nozzle to deposit material layer by layer. This process is also known as Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). However, the stock material can come in the form of pellets as well.

Additional Considerations

  • FDM parts are printed with exterior layers and a porous infill and variable density. If a part needs to be mechanically stronger, the percentage can be set higher to create a more dense part. However, this results in a longer print time.
  • The resolution of FDM parts is based on the nozzle size that the printer is using. A thinner layer height will produce a finer surface finish, but will result in a longer print time.
  • FDM printers can use the same filament for support, a different material such as breakaway support, or even soluble support. When using the part material for support, the area being supported may have leftover support artifacts. Using an easier to remove material or soluble support will reduce the amount of artifacts that need to be post-processed, resulting in a nicer surface finish.
  • FDM printers are great for prototyping and producing concept models.

Our 3D Printing Technologies

The 3D Printing Store uses the latest technologies in additive manufacturing to guarantee the best results for your project. 

High quality Onyx Carbon Fiber parts that can be reinforced with Continuous Fiber infill. Metal X for High Strength Metal Parts.

  • Higher material costs
  • Strongest FDM Prints
  • Quality Surface Finish
  • Capable of printing solid metal parts

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3D Printers with Large Build Volumes capable of printing large parts and lots of parts in a single build.

  • Over 1′ Build Volume in X,Y,Z
  • Reliable for Long Builds

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3D Printers capable of Printing High Temp Materials like PEEK and Ultem.

  • High Temperature Materials
  • High level of detail
  • Dual Extrusions with Soluble Supports

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Printer with Three Extruder that can print ABS with Soluble Supports.

  • Great surface finishes
  • Great for ABS parts
  • Print with Three Different Materials

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Markforged Material Technical Data Sheets:

Markforged Plastics TDS:

Onyx | View Technical Data

Onyx ESD | View Technical Data | ESD Data

Markforged Continuous Fiber TDS:

Carbon Fiber | View Technical Data

Fiberglass | View Technical Data

Aramid Fiber (Kevlar®) | View Technical Data

Markforged Metal TDS:

17-4 PH Stainless Steel | View Technical Data

Copper | View Technical Data

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