Fused Deposition modelling or FDM (often referred to as fused filament fabrication or FFF) is the most widely available and commonly used form of 3D printing. Just one of many additive manufacturing technologies, FDM is a process in which a physical object is built using an STL file created within a computer-aided design (CAD) programme.

The FDM printer creates a 3D model by heating the chosen material to around 200 degrees celsius and extruding layers of high-temperature thermoplastic filament through an extrusion head onto the build platform until the desired object, shape or part is formed.

What is FDM used for?

Production runs – FDM 3D Printers offer a cost-effective solution for low volume batch runs and one-off projects, as well as larger production runs. FDM can be up to 90% cheaper than other, more intricate 3D printing methods.     

Rapid prototyping – Our advanced FDM technology speeds up your manufacturing process by creating accurate prototypes and fully functional parts quickly. Fast print and lead times mean we can have your prototype ready the same day. 

Design Verification & Validation – Using state of the art 3D printing technologies, FDM allows you to showcase your parts in all their functional glory. Our affordable FDM services offer cost-effective mock-ups and validation of your designs.

Whatever your specification, 3D Folkes are on hand to guide you through every step of the FDM process; for further information or for a free quote call us today on 0333 335 0150 or email us at info@3dfolkes.co.uk 

3D Printing service

Machine Specifications

  • Layer thicknesses ranging from 0.1mm to 0.4mm
  • Accurate to 0.3mm
  • Range of different material properties for each application (ie, rigidity, durability etc)


  • Fast print speed and lead time
  • Equipped to deal with large models – up to 750mm x 750mm x 500mm
  • Highly efficient for batch production runs
  • Uses multiple thin layers of material to achieve a 3D object
  • Low cost
  • Various post-processing options


We offer fused deposition modelling 3D printing services in a range of colours and RECYCLED materials, including:

  • Polylactic Acid (PLA)
  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene ABS
  • Acrylic Styrene Acrylonitrile (ASA) 
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol-modified (PETG)
  • BioPC
  • Carbon Fibre