Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is ideal when you need to build concept models, functional prototypes, and end-use parts using standard, engineering-grade and high-performance thermoplastics. As you consider the many material options available for FDM versus other additive manufacturing technologies, remember that this process uses the same types of raw materials used in the injection molding process.

How does the FDM technology work? FDM is a filament-based additive technology distributed by a moving print head that extrudes a heated thermoplastic material in a pattern layer by layer onto a build platform. This technology includes use of a support material to create supportive structures that are removed by force or solution.

(thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer)
  • Accurate elastomer parts with high elongation
  • Superior toughness and abrasion resistance
  • Wide variety of applications including flexible hoses, tubes, air ducts and vibration dampeners
Antero™ 800NA
  • High heat and chemical resistance
  • Low outgassing and high dimensional stability
  • Excellent strength, toughness and wear-resistant properties
ULTEM™ 1010 resin
  • Food safety and bio-compatibility certification
  • Highest heat resistance, chemical resistance and tensile strength
  • Outstanding strength and thermal stability
ULTEM 9085 resin
  • FST (flame, smoke, toxicity)-certified thermoplastic
  • High heat and chemical resistance; highest flexural strength
  • Ideal for commercial transportation applications such as airplanes, buses, trains and boats
FDM Nylon 12™
(polyamide 12)
  • The toughest nylon in additive manufacturing
  • Excellent for repetitive snap fits, press fit inserts and fatigue-resistance applications
  • Simple, clean process – free of powders
FDM Nylon 12CF™
(polyamide 12CF)
  • Carbon-filled thermoplastic with excellent structural characteristics
  • Highest flexural strength
  • Highest stiffness-to-weight ratio
  • Most widely used industrial thermoplastic with superior mechanical properties and heat resistance
  • Accurate, durable and stable for strong parts, patterns for metal bending and composite work
  • Great for demanding prototyping needs, tooling and fixtures
(polycarbonate - ISO 10993 USP Class VI biocompatible)
  • Biocompatible (ISO 10993 USP Class VI)1 material
  • Sterilizable using gamma radiation or ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilization methods
  • Best fit for applications requiring higher strength and sterilization
(polycarbonate - acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)
  • Features high dimensional stability and colorless transparency
  • Has five medical approvals including cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, delayed type hypersensitivity, irritation and USP plastic class VI
  • Ideal for applications requiring prolonged skin contact of more than 30 days and short-term mucosalmembrane contact of up to 24 hours
(acrylonitrile styrene acrylate)
  • Build UV-stable parts with the best aesthetics of any FDM material
  • Ideal for production parts for outdoor infrastructure and commercial use, outdoor functional prototyping and automotive parts and accessory prototypes
(acrylonitrile butadiene styrene - static dissipative)
  • Static-dissipative with target surface resistance of 104 ohms (typical range 105 – 103 ohms)2
  • Makes great assembly tools for electronic and static-sensitive products
  • Widely used for functional prototypes of cases, enclosures and packaging
(acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)
  • Versatile material: good for form, fit and functional applications
  • Familiar production material for accurate prototyping
  1. 0.005 inch (0.127 mm) layer thickness not available for Stratasys F900.

  2. See individual material spec sheets for testing details.

  3. Annealed

  4. Actual surface resistance may range from 109 to 106 ohms, depending upon geometry, build style and finishing techniques.

  5. Available only on the Stratasys F370

For more material options, download FDM Materiel Specification PDF and consult a FATHOM specialist for details.



FDM Overview Overview of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Material Options Download Pdf
Material Overview Overview of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Material Specification Download Pdf

The FDM technology was invented by Stratasys founder Scott Crump nearly 30 years ago. Using the same production-grade thermoplastics found in traditional manufacturing processes. Ideal for applications that require tight tolerances, toughness, and environmental stability—material options also meet application needs involving specialized properties like electrostatic dissipation, translucence, biocompatibility, VO flammability, or FST ratings.


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