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Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) technology is helping experts across industries push the limits of innovation. As pioneers in aerospace, automotive, education, medical, and manufacturing fields continue to find new applications and innovative, repeatable ways to solve problems using FDM, we share the details and documentation here.

Thermoplastics: The Strongest Choice for 3D Printing

The majority of today’s consumer products — and many commercial ones — are composed of thermoplastics. When designing a new product, engineers can best predict its end performance by prototyping with a material as similar to it as possible. That’s why 3D printing with thermoplastics is so widely practiced. Using fused deposition modeling (FDM®) machines, engineers have the option of making parts with the most commonly used thermoplastics, such as ABS, polycarbonate, a variety of blends, as well as engineered thermoplastics for aerospace, medical, automotive, electronic and other specialty applications. When using 3D printing for the production of finished goods, using a thermoplastic is all the more important, and it may be the only choice for many applications.


3D Printing with FDM

A 3D printer is a machine that creates objects from plastic or other materials using an additive manufacturing process. Additive manufacturing produces objects in a succession of layers from the bottom, up. This is the opposite of traditional subtractive manufacturing processes, which produce objects by cutting material away from a block to create the shape desired. The term 3D printer was a trademark of Stratasys Inc, which, in 1999, allowed it to enter the public domain and become a generic industry term.


Seven 3D Printing Stem Projects To Do With Your Class

These seven ideas will help your students gain experience in design and problem-solving through 3D printing while building their science, technology, engineering and math skills.


Four Ways 3D Printing is Shaping Product Design and Manufacturing

Product engineers and tooling manufacturers have much to gain from 3D printing: By generating low-cost physical prototypes early in the design process, they can check form, fit and function; gauge customer response; and compare design iterations without commitment. It’s even possible to quickly craft end-use parts, customized for a particular job.


3D Printing Jigs, Fixtures, and Other Manufacturing Tools

Utilizing FDM technologies from Stratasys, industry-leaders are experiencing extreme reductions in part-production time, and cost, by making custom manufacturing tools with 3D printing.


Sterilization of FDM-Manufactured Parts

Fused Deposition ModelingTM (FDM®) can be used to produce an array of medical devices; however, for such devices to be practical, they must be manufactured using sterilizable materials. Nine FDM materials were tested using four methods of sterilization: autoclave, ethylene oxide, hydrogen peroxide, and gamma radiation. Sterility testing was performed by incubating the samples in Tryptic Soy Broth for 14 days