3D Printing, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

Metal vs. FDM Thermoplastics: What's Your Application?

February 29, 2016

If you are thinking about replacing traditional manufacturing methods with 3D printing, you have likely thought, "Can I replace an existing metal part with a plastic one?" The answer is a resounding “maybe.” It all depends on your application. If the part has requirements that lend itself to metal, like very high-temperature conditions or significant usage cycles, then a metal part may still be required. Our Application Engineers put together a list of five topics to consider when debating between traditional metal vs. FDM technology.

3D Printing, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

Stratasys Updates Software for More Material Options on FDM Printers

June 30, 2015

We’re excited to share with you some new capabilities for Fortus FDM printers. These new features are through a Stratasys software update of Insight, which runs Fortus 250mc and higher printers.

Applications, FDM Technology, Stratasys, 3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials

FDM 3D Printing with ABS Plastic: Material Properties/Applications

March 2, 2015

One of the key advantages of Stratasys FDM printers is their use of real engineering plastics, like ABS. Watch this informative video detailing FDM 3D printing with ABS plastics and their properties, explained by David Stockbower. He also speaks about the common applications for this versatile material.

3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials

New ASA and Endur materials released from Stratasys!

January 29, 2015

Today we’re pleased to announce that Stratasys is adding new FDM and PolyJet material options to its  product line up.  ASA, a production-grade thermoplastics for Fortus 3D printers is adding eight new colors. Also, Endur is now blending with PolyJet materials to create 20 new digital materials. 


Expand your color FDM prints beyond ABS with ASA’s eight new colors. ASA offers exceptional mechanical properties, an excellent finish and UV stability. These additional hues mean that you can 3D print prototypes and end-use parts that are colorfast and vibrant. This also eliminates the time spent on painting and finishing parts. The FDM material is offered in red, orange, yellow, green, dark blue, white, dark and light gray, black, and ivory.

ASA is ideal for a range of industries including consumer goods, automotive, and commercial products. If  you interested learning more about ASA materials and Fortus 3D production systems, read more here.