FDM stands for Fused Deposition Modeling

Which is a type of 3D printing technology that uses thermoplastic filament to create 3D objects. The filament is fed into the printer’s nozzle, heated up, and then extruded onto the build platform to create the object layer by layer.

The FDM Process: Step by Step

Create or download a 3D model

The first step in the FDM printing process is to create or obtain a digital 3D model of the object you want to print. The 3D model needs to be sliced into thin layers using slicing software.

Load the filament

Once you have your 3D model, you’ll need to load your spool of filament into the printer’s extruder. Make sure you’re using the correct type of filament for your printer and application.

Start the printing process

With the filament loaded and the build platform prepared, you’re ready to start the printing process. The printer will heat the extruder to melt the filament and then deposit it layer by layer onto the build …

Monitor the print

While the printer is working, it’s important to monitor the print to make sure everything is going smoothly. You may need to adjust settings such as temperature, speed, and layer height to achieve the desired results.

Remove the finished print

Once the print is finished, you’ll need to remove it from the build platform. This can be done using a scraper or spatula to gently pry the object off the platform.


Depending on the object and your desired finish, you may need to do some post-processing after the print is complete. This can include sanding, painting, or smoothing the surface of the object.

Advantages of FDM Printing

Material availability

FDM printers can use a wide range of materials, including ABS, PLA, PET, Nylon, TPU, and more. These materials have various properties that make them suitable for different applications, such as outstanding thermal and chemical resistance and excellent strength-to-weight ratios.


FDM printers are easy to use and require minimal setup and calibration. They are also relatively safe to operate, as the process does not involve any harmful chemicals or high temperatures.


FDM printing is a relatively quick process, and parts can be printed in a matter of hours depending on the size and complexity of the object.

Large build volume

FDM printers can produce objects in a range of sizes, from small, intricate parts to large-scale prototypes and models.

Design flexibility

FDM printing allows for a high degree of design flexibility, with the ability to print complex geometries and internal structures.

Environmental benefits

FDM printing is an environmentally friendly manufacturing process, as it generates very little waste and uses only the necessary amount of material to create each part.

FDM Material available in CapableMachining

Material Color(s) Tensile Strength (MPA) Elongation at Break Tempature Resistancce
ABS-M30Black, Dark Grey, Ivory, White32 MPa-28 MPa7%-2%96 °C
ABSiTranslucent37 MPa4.40%86 °C
ASABlack, Gray, Green, Ivory, White27 MPa9%-3%98 °C
Nylon 12Black49.3 MPa-41.8 MPa30%-6.5%91.9 °C
PC-ABSBlack41 MPa6%110 °C
PCWhite57 MPa-42 MPa4.8%-2.5%138 °C
PC-transparentTranslucent Natural, White57 MPa4%133 °C
PLABlack, White50 MPa-37 MPa2.9%-1.9%55 °C
ULTEM 9085Black, Tan47 MPa-33 MPa5.8%-2.2%153 °C
ULTEM 1010Amber (Natural)64 MPa-41 MPa3.3%-2.0%216 °C

CapableMachining’s FDM 3D printing services

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