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From the CAD drawing on your screen to the 3D concept model in your hand, FDM systems will improve your workflow, fitting seamlessly into your workday.
Prepare the file. If you can create a model in CAD software, you can print it with FDM. The software that comes with your Stratasys 3D Printer or Production machine converts the STL output from your CAD software into precise deposition paths that guide the extrusion head, printing your model layer by layer. The software automatically slices and orients your concept model and creates any necessary support structures. All you have to do is click "print."
How FDM Technology Works
Print your concept model. All Stratasys 3D Printers and Production Machines use patented Stratasys FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology to print your 3D concept model or part and its support material, layer by layer, into REAL thermoplastic models and parts.
Remove the support. Remove your model or part from the FDM build chamber, pop it off the modeling base and remove the support material. After the support material is removed, you can put REAL FDM plastic models or parts through just about any post-processing you need: drilling, painting or even plating.
FDM is a two-material process. Filaments of REAL thermoplastic modeling material and support material are fed into print heads. The print heads glide quickly and quietly in X-Y coordinates above the build chamber and the modeling base moves down the Z-axis to build your 3D model and its support material, layer by layer. After your model is built, the supports can be simply dissolved away.
See FDM technology in action to find out how it transforms CAD data into 3D models.