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Introduction to FDM 3D printing

FDM 3D printing service

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Our FDM 3D printing service

Our global network of certified FDM 3D printing manufacturing partners will allow you to rapidly verify your designs with low-cost prototypes. Simply upload your parts, get a quote, and go into production in less than 5 minutes.

FDM capabilities

Requirement Specification
Maximum build size 500 x 500 x 500 mm (19.68'' x 19.68'' x 19.68'')
Standard lead time 4 business days
Dimensional accuracy ± 0.5% with a lower limit on ± 0.5 mm (0.0196'')
Layer height 100-300 μm
Infill 20-100%
FDM bracket with soluble support structures

Available materials for FDM

Below is a list of our standard materials for FDM 3D printing. To instantly compare material prices, upload your parts to our online platform.

Group Type
PLA Standard, Woodfill, Metalfill
Nylon Nylon 11, Nylon 12, Carbon-filled Nylon (Onyx)
PETG Standard PETG
PEI ULTEM 9085
ASA Standard ASA
ABS Standard ABS
TPU Standard TPU with shore hardness 60A - 95A
The parts of a speaker prototype, printed with FDM.

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Our FDM manufacturing standards

We manufacture your parts according to strict manufacturing standards. A verification of these requirements is included in our inspection report that is shipped with every order.


  • A dimensional accuracy of ± 0.5% with a lower limit of ± 0.5 mm (± 0.020")
  • Consistent surface finish with no bumps or delamination. Marks left by retraction and layer changing are acceptable.
  • All support material is removed such that the supported surface has a consistent finish.
  • All parts are printed with 3 outline / perimeter shells or a wall thickness of 1.2 mm.
Selecting the optimal shell and infill parameters for FDM 3D Printing

Design guidelines for FDM

The table below summarizes the recommended and technically feasible values for the most common features encountered in 3D printed parts.

Feature Recommended size
Unsupported walls 0.8 mm (0.0315'')
Supported walls 0.8 mm (0.0315'')
Minimum feature size 2.0 mm (0.00787'')
Minimum hole diameter 2.0 mm (0.00787'')

Learn more about the process in our Knowledge Base article.

How to design parts for FDM 3D Printing

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