Fused Deposition Modeling or FDM printing is a 3D printing process that builds parts layer by layer from the bottom up by heating thermoplastic filament.  The 3D printer heats the thermoplastic to a semi-liquid state and deposits it in fine beads along the extrusion path.  Where support or buffering is needed, the printer deposits a removable material that acts as scaffolding. Resolution and side wall definition can be adjusted by selecting either the standard extrusion nozzle diameter or a fine nozzle.  Using the fine (smaller diameter) nozzle does increase build time, but provides better build resolution.

FDM printing provides a wider range of materials than SLA.



Materials that can be used are:




CF-PLA [Carbon Fiber Infused]

PETG [Tough]

Tech-G PETG [FDA Approved Food-Grade Filament]

HTPLA [High Temperature]

PLA/PHA [Strong Biodegradable]

TPU [Thermoplastic Polyurethane--Flexible]



Metal finishes-Brass, Copper, Bronze, Stainless Steel

Magnetic Iron

Electrically Conductive PLA

More materials available upon request.


3D Printing is a more cost effective option for applications that don’t require extreme tolerances.  Our printers can print at 50-100 microns.

Examples of FDM printing:

(Parts have had any necessary supports removed, but no other clean up.)


Standard PLA, left to right: white, grey, clear, orange, red, black, silver, copper, brass.

More colors available. 

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