FDM 3D Printing Services

About FDM Fused Deposition Modelling

“Functional high-strength components – without the need for tooling”


Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is used for the production of small numbers of strong and durable parts, prototypes and jigs at a low cost. 

The Purpose of FDM Parts

FDM parts are used as early concept prototypes in order to test design and functionality of specific properties. For example, strength, durability and heat resistance.

How does FDM Rapid Prototyping work?

Rapid Prototyping FDM works by the 3D printer heating the thermoplastic to a semi-liquid state and deposits it in ultra-fine beads along the extrusion path, one slice or layer at a time. Where support or buffering is needed, the 3D printer deposits a removable material that acts as scaffolding.

Why Choose FDM Prototyping?

FDM can build just about any geometry you have in mind. Complex geometries and cavities which would otherwise be problematic become practical with FDM technology. Used for physical testing to identify strength, flexibility and durability of a product before final production is carried out.

FDM is ideal for applications which demand tight tolerances, toughness and environmental stability. In addition to this, materials can be chosen to offer specialised properties such as electrostatic dissipation, temperature resistance, biocompatibility, VO flammability and FST ratings.

The end result of FDM is production-grade thermoplastics which are used to build strong, durable and dimensionally stable parts offering the best accuracy and repeatability of any 3D printing technology available.

Benefits of FDM Prototyping

FDM Prototyping is a common choice for aerospace and automotive engineers, product designers and for medical use as it provides the following benefits:

  • Toughness
  • Rigidity
  • Stability
  • Electrostatic dissipation
  • Translucence
  • Biocompatibility
  • UV resistance
  • Water resistance
  • Heat resistance
  • VO flammability
  • FST ratings
  • Speed of production
  • Ideal for complex geometries 
  • Low cost

FDM Rapid Prototyping materials:

  • ABS
  • Nylon
  • PC ABS
  • ULTEM1010
  • ABSi
  • ABS-M30i
  • ASA
  • Ultem9085

If you’d like more information or would like to speak to one of our expert team about FDM Rapid Prototyping, call us on 01789 490382 or request a quote here.

FDM 3D Printed Machining Jig

Printed using fused deposition modelling (FDM) in a high temperature material (ULTEM)

Storm Trooper Food Mould

Printed using fused deposition modelling (FDM) in a high temperature material (ULTEM) this model was for reference prior to CNC of a vacuum forming tool. Due to the loose layering on an FDM model air can still be pulled...