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Fused Deposition Modelling

Rapid Prototypes Ltd. are experts in Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM). We run a fleet of four Fused Deposition Modelling Production Systems. With industry leading FDM capabilities we deliver on the most demanding projects. We offer a range of thirteen, Stratasys FDM materials.  ABS, Polycarbonate, ABS/PC blend, ASA, Ultem 9085, Ultem 1010, PPSF and Nylon 12 . This allows you to select a material that best fits your project's requirements.
We have extensive quality control checks in place through the manufacturing process. We produce parts with high accuracy, good surface finishes, consistently and fast.

Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) Service Options


2-3 Day Shipping

  • High Quality, Fast Delivery

4-7  Day Shipping
  • High Quality, 10% Saving
8-14  Day Shipping
  • High Quality, 20% Saving


High Resolution: 100 μm


Finishing Options



Quotes & Invoicing


Wide Choice of Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) Materials

We offer 13 Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) Materials. To allow you to print your prototype in the material that best fits your project's requirements.

Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) Systems

Rapid Prototypes Ltd runs the following Fused Deposition Modelling systems manufactured by Stratasys.

Fortus 900 mc

Fused Deposition Modeling: Fortus 900mc

Fortus 400 mc

Fused Deposition Modelling Systems : Fortus 400mc

Fortus 360 mc

Fused Deposition Modelling Systems: Fortus 360 MC

Dimension 1200 es

Fused Deposition Modelling Systems: Fortus 360 mc

Dimension 768

Fused Deposition Modelling: Dimension 1200

FDM Maximum Build Size: 914.4 x 609.6 x 914.4 mm

Why Choose Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) for your 3D Printing Project?

Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) is a solid-based rapid prototyping method. FDM extrudes material layer by layer to build a model.  The system consists of a build platform, extrusion nozzle, and control system. The build material, is a production grade thermoplastic. The build material, is melted and then extruded through a head onto the build platform. This process creates a two-dimensional cross section of the model. The cross section quickly solidifies. The platform descends where the next layer is extruded upon the previous layer. This process continues until the model is complete, where it is then removed from the build chamber and cleaned.
Using engineering-grade thermoplastics such as ABS and polycarbonate material, FDM technology builds parts layer by layer in an additive process that rapidly renders complex geometries. FDM creates parts that are often difficult to duplicate with traditional manufacturing methods. FDM is perfect for quickly producing durable parts for jigs or fixtures and fit check models.

Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) Advantages

The main advantage of FDM  vs other Rapid Prototyping Processes is that it utilizes actual thermoplastics.  Such as ABS, Polycarbonate, ABS/PC blend, ASA, Ultem 9085, Ultem 1010, PPSF and Nylon 12. Specialist approved FDM  materials are available for aerospace, automotive, and  medical Industries. For product development in these fields,  FDM is often the go to choice.  FDM is great for producing dimensionally accurate, functional prototypes and small-quantity production parts. FDM parts are able to resist high temperatures, mechanical stresses and chemical degradation.

Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) Disadvantages

 The main disadvantage of FDM vs other rapid prototyping technologies, is that it lacks surface quality finishes 

Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) Appications

  • Fit, function and conceptual models
  • Models that require durabilit, great thermal Properties
  • RF friendly Characteristics
  • Prototypes that require good durability and strength
  • Low to mid volume Digital Direct Manufacturing of end-use parts
  • Aerospace and Motorsport Applications
  • Available in a wide range of materials
  • Available in many colour options ABS-M30, PC ABS
  • Toghness, environments stability.
  • Specialized Properties
    •  electrostatic disipation,
    •  tranlucence
    •  biocompatibility
    • VO flamability
    • FST ratings required  
Fused Deposition Modelling Model: White wheels
Fused Deposition  Modelling: Black Wheels

Fused Deposition Modeling: Accuracy, Tolerances & Surface Finishes

Layer Thickness


Minimum Feature Size

HIGH RESOLUTION 0.254mm for the XY draw plane (0.406mm for the Z build direction)

Surface Finishes

L1: Strip & Ship Dots, or standing"nibs," remain evident on the part from the support structure remnants.
L2: Basic Finish
Supported surfaces are sanded down to 320 eliminate the support nibs.
L3: Standard Finish Supported surfaces are sanded to 320, and the entire part is finely bead blasted for a consistent look.
L4: Foundry Pattern Supported surfaces are sanded to 600, and the entire part is finely  bead blasted for a consistent look.
L5: Presentation Supported surfaces are sanded to 600 and the entire part is finely beat blasted. Part is primed

Rapid Prototypes Ltd.