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FDM 3D Printing Capabilities

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a 3D printing technology widely known for its great material selection, accuracy, possibility to print large parts, and competitive cost. FDM parts are great for end-use, low-volume production, for rapid prototyping. FDM 3D prints usually do not require any post-processing.

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First, select the manufacturing process you require. You can then choose from over 70 materials, both metals and plastics, and from a wide range of finishes and certifications.

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Once you have selected the required options, all you need to do is confirm the order and pay for it on the secure payment platform. Your design will be analysed by engineers.

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Within a short amount of time, you will receive the parts you ordered directly to your shipping address. You can track your package at any time in your personal account.

Advantages of FDM with Xometry

Massive Capacity

Massive Capacity

We can quickly produce both prototypes and large batches thanks to the largest manufacturing network in Europe, with over 2,000 vetted partners

Fast Production

Fast Production

You will get your 3D printing fast delivered in as fast as 8 days.

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance

We have strong QA procedures, controlled by an in-house team of QA engineers, which allows us to deliver high quality parts.

Engineering Check & Status Updates

Engineering Check & Status Updates

All designs are checked by engineers before they’re sent for 3D printing. After confirming your order, you will receive status updates on your production.

FDM 3D Printing Materials

Rigid Plastics
  • ABS
  • ABS M30
  • ABS-ESD7
  • ASA
  • Nylon 12 / PA 12 (FDM)
  • Nylon 12 full-colour / CB PA 12
  • Nylon 12CF / PA 12 carbon-filled
  • PC (Polycarbonate)
  • PC ISO (Polycarbonate ISO 10993 USP Class VI)
  • PC-ABS Polycarbonate
  • PEEK
  • PETG
  • PLA
  • ULTEM 1010
  • ULTEM 9085

Finishing Options

Standard

In most of the cases FDM parts do not require any finishing. Since materials (filaments) are available in a wide color choices initially, the parts are initially printed in desired color.

Custom finish

Additional processing and finishes on request, such as sanding.

Pros & Cons of FDM 3D Printing

AdvantagesConsiderations
Large platform: you can print very large parts using this technologyNeeds support elements, which can leave undesired marks after removing them
A very wide selection of materials and colours: over 40Sweats small details
Usually do not require any post-processingSignificant layer stepping
Fast: Xometry can deliver them in just 8 daysLimited scalability
Cheap: for non-complex geometries this option might be around 15% cheaper than SLS

FDM Manufacturing Specifications & Capabilities

FDM SLS HP MJF SLA Carbon DLS DMLS Polyjet

Lead time

8 days

3 days

3 days

7 days

5 days

14 days

7 days

Build volume

up to 914 x 610 x 914 mm

up to 340 x 340 x 605 mm, but usually, we recommend the maximum size of 320 x 320 x 580 mm

up to 380 x 284 x 380 mm, while we normally recommend the maximum size of 356 x 280 x 356 mm

736 x 635 x 533 mm

188 x 117 x 325 mm

400 x 400 x 400 mm

up to 490 mm x 391 mm x 200 mm

Layer thickness

~0.05-0.3 mm

~0.1 mm and for water-tight parts 1.5 mm, when wall thickness is higher

~0.08 mm

min 0.02

~0.1 mm

0.02 – 0.08 mm depending on the material

0.04 mm

Minimum feature size

up to 0.2 mm

0.5 mm

0.5 mm

0.2 mm

0.5 mm

0.75 mm for cosmetic features, 1.5 mm for structural features

1.2 mm or greater for rigid. 2 mm or greater for rubber-like

Tolerance

±0.5% (± 0.5 mm)

±0.3% (± 0.3 mm)

±0.3% (± 0.2 mm)

±0.5% (± 0.15 mm)

±0.1% (±0.1 mm). However, tolerances are not guaranteed on the first attempt at a new design.

±0.2% (±0.1 – 0.2 mm)

±0.1 mm for the first dozens of mm is typical, plus ±0.05 mm for every mm thereafter

Description

Widely known for a great material selection, accuracy, and possibility to print large parts

One of the most popular and inexpensive technologies for industrial 3D printing

A technology that produces highly accurate and durable parts at fast speeds, especially compared to other powder bed fusion technologies

A technology that produces extremely accurate and high-resolution parts

A breakthrough technology that uses digital light projection, programmable liquid resins, and oxygen-permeable optics to produce parts with exceptional durability, resolution, and surface finish

Metal 3D printing technology. Selectively fuses a fine metal powder in aluminium or stainless steel

Polyjet is a rigid photopolymer 3D printing technology that produces high-detailed models

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