FDM Technology is a powerful Stratasys-patented additive manufacturing method where engineering-grade, high-performance thermoplastics are used to produce concept models, functional prototypes and end-use parts directly from CAD (STL) files.

How FDM works
3D printers that run on FDM Technology build parts layer- by- layer from the bottom up by heating and extruding thermoplastic filament.Items are printed in layers, with either break- away or soluble support material to allow for overhangs and complex geometries.The FDM printing process is simple:

  • Pre- processing: Build- preparation software slices and positions a 3D CAD file and calculates a path to extrude thermoplastic and any necessary support material.
  • Production: The 3D printer heats the thermoplastic to a semi- liquid state and deposits it in ultra- fine beads along the extrusion path. Where support or buffering is needed, the 3D printer deposits a removable material that acts as scaffolding.
  • Post- processing: The user breaks away support material away or dissolves it in detergent and water, and the part is ready to use.

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What can you do with FDM 3D printing? Although the possibilities are endless for product development and manufacturing, most applications fall into four main categories:

Concept Models – Early in the design process, you can use FDM to make models to review form, fit and ergonomics. Designs can then be updated based o any flaws detected and reprinted. This can be repeated until you build the perfect concept.

Functional Prototypes – To prove your design, you can print functional precision prototypes using FDM parts for performance tests and rigorous engineering assessments. This allows you to catch flaws before they become costly retooling changes.

Manufacturing Tools – If your company uses jigs, fixtures, gauges, patterns, molds and dies during the manufacturing process, you can make them with FDM production printers instead of spending the time and money to machine, fabricate, mold or cast them.

Finished Goods – For runs of 5,000 or less, consider using a production printer to make your parts. Eliminating traditional manufacturing processes cuts time and cost while freeing you to make design revisions whenever necessary.

There are several FDM 3D Printers and Production Systems available.
Below is a list of the models and their features:


From idea to design and production systems


The History of FDM TechnologyStratasys founder Scott Crump invented FDM Technology more than 20 years ago. He created a rudimentary form of this technology in 1988 when he built his daughter a toy frog using a glue gun and a mixture of polyethylene and candle wax. From these humble beginnings, an idea was born and in 1989, he patented FDM technology and founded Stratasys.Stratasys has continued to lead the 3D printing revolution ever since, developing a range of systems that appeal to large manufacturers, designers, engineers, educators and other professionals.The large range of FDM 3D Printers is divided into 3 categories: The Idea Series (for individuals), The Design Series (for offices) and The Production Series (for a production environment).

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The Mojo 3D Print Pack has everything you need to get started and will have you producing professional 3D printed models in under an hour.

The ready- to- run Mojo 3D Print Pack arrives equipped with everything designers, engineers or educators need to start 3D printing.

3D uPrint SE

Easy to use and kind to your budget, the uPrint SE offers larger ABSplus models and networking for easy sharing. It’s a perfect solution for small teams.

Evaluate form, fit and function in everything from ergonomics to manufacturing processes — right from your desktop.

uPrint SE Plus

Beat deadlines and unleash creativity!

uPrint SE Plus gives you the ultimate control over your 3D modelling with all the great features of the uPrint SE, plus

  • a 33% taller build envelope
  • two layer thicknesses for fast or fine 3D printing
  • nine color choices for your ABSplus models


Dimension Elite

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If you have a keen eye for detail and appreciate strength, then take a look at the Dimension Elite Performance 3D Printer. It’s made specifically for those who demand ABSplus prototypes with exquisite detail. The proof is in the prototype.

Dimension 1200es

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The Dimension 1200es is your gateway into the best- selling family of professional 3D printers. Make your models where you hatch your ideas, printing in nine colors of real ABSplus thermoplastic. Pictured with optional cabinet.

Fortus 250mc

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The Fortus 250mc pairs fine layer resolution with a larger build envelope, giving you the power to fine- tune every aspect of prototype production. Working with the same powerful Insight software as our Performance 3D Production Systems, all in an office- friendly system.

Fortus 360mc

For stringent functional testing, you need the agility to adjust every build parameter. From size and orientation to layer thickness, the Fortus 360mc 3D Production System puts you firmly in control, building in five real thermoplastics.

Fortus 380mc

For maximum time savings, Fortus 380mc builds complex parts faster than older models, featuring an all-new touchscreen interface for easy operation and maintenance. Build parts as large as 355 x 305 x 305 mm faster.


Fortus 400mc

The Fortus 400mc builds in 12 real thermoplastics for applications that require high-performance, biocompatibility, static dissipation or resistance to heat, chemicals or UV radiation. It is upgradeable.

Fortus 450mc

From functional prototypes with exacting tolerances, to manufacturing tools that perform under pressure, the Fortus 450mc 3D production systems set a high bar for speed, performance and accuracy. Builds in 9 high-performance thermoplastics.

Fortus 900MC

The Fortus 900mc is the most powerful FDM system available, delivering remarkable agility, sharp accuracy and high return on investment. With 12 real thermoplastic options and a massive build envelope, its only real competition is the old way of doing things.
It’s time to think big!