Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

Production-grade thermoplastics ideal for advanced tooling, fixtures, and end-use parts

Industrial Grade Thermoplastics

Parts built in 2-5 Business Days

Forge Labs offers a wide range of advanced thermoplastics identical to those used in traditional manufacturing processes, making it ideal for end-use parts, testing real-world material properties, or creating durable jigs, fixtures, and templates for production. Choose FDM when you need strong, functional parts.


Materials | Fused Deposition Modeling


Strongest Additive ABS Thermoplastic 

ABS-M30™ by Stratasys is up to 70 percent stronger than standard ABS, providing significantly better layer bonding, impact resistance and flextural strength than standard level consumer grade ABS. ABS-M30 highly cost effective solution, ideal material for numerous applications including conceptual modeling, functional prototyping,
manufacturing tools such as jigs and fixtures as well as end-use production parts.

Colours Available: Black, White, Blue, Red, Green, Yellow

Tensile Strength

31 MPa

Tensile Elongation

4.0 %

Flexural Strength

61 MPa

Izod Impact, Notched

128 J/m

Heat Deflection

96 °C

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Advantages of Fused Deposition Modeling

  • Rapid Turnaround

    The spacious build tray allows for orders to be shipped within 2-4 business days

  • Flexible

    Specialized materials suitable for high fatigue applications, such as snap fits and friction fit inserts.

  • Durable

    Durable prototypes built in the same production grade thermoplastics used in injection molding and CNC machining

  • Large Builds

    Produce parts with build volumes up to 36″ x 24″ x 36″, to produce large, complex parts in a single build.

  • Low Cost Per Part

    FDM is one of the most economical 3D Printing technologies, making it ideal for tight budgets

  • Versatile Materials

    Specialized materials for electrostatic dissipation, translucence, biocompatibility, UV Resistance, VO flammability, and FST ratings.

Design Guidelines | Fused Deposition Modeling

  • Minimum Wall Thickness

1 mm

  • Minimum Detail Size

0.7 mm

  • Tolerences

± .127 mm (± .005 in.) or ± .0015 mm/mm

  • Minimum Hole Size

0.5 mm

  • Layer Height

125 μm- 330 μm

  • Maximum Build Size

914 x 610 x 914 mm (36 x 24 x 36 in.)

Resources | Fused Deposition Modeling


Replacing Traditionally Machined Parts with FDM

International Submarine Engineering has been able to replace traditionally machined parts on their newest Explorer class AUVs with 3D printed parts from Forge Labs, reducing turnaround time on complex parts, lowering costs, and allowing more freedom of design.

Case Study