Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

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

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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.)

Case Studies | Fused Deposition Modeling


Replacing Traditionally Machined Parts with FDM

Published 25/08/2018

International Submarine Engineering has been able to replace traditionally machined parts on their newest Explorer class AUVs with 3D printed parts.

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3D Printing Architecture

Published 06/03/2020

Together with the rapid print speed and the affordability of FDM - makes it possible for us to provide massing models faster and more affordably than via traditional manufacturing methods.

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FFF vs FDM 3D Printing: Explained

Published 21/04/2019

This article explores the differences between fused filament fabrication (FFF) and Fused Deposition Manufacturing (FDM).

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