FDM 3D Printing


From functional prototypes with exacting tolerances to manufacturing tools that perform under pressure, our experts at Purple Porcupine can help you make durable parts in FDM thermoplastic materials.

FDM end use part, green with microchips

Why FDM?

Create durable parts with strong, industrial quality materials.

A broad library of materials allows us to satisfy diverse applications, from cost-effective prototyping to functional testing. Our team can print your parts fast, allowing for quick design iterations and speed-to-market.

Complex geometries and cavities that would otherwise be problematic become practical with FDM technology.

With the ability to control material selection, density, and infill, our engineers can lightweight your parts.

From prototype to production, 3D printed designs are easily repeatable.

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Applications & Materials


Most Popular Materials

ABS-M30 is characterized by its strength and toughness, allowing you to build lightweight and resilient 3D printed parts. ABS is suitable for most general-purpose FDM projects.

PC has a high strength and impact resistance and, coupled with dimensional stability and heat resistance, it is a good choice for 3D printed parts that demand higher material properties than ABS or ASA.

ULTEM™ 1010 Resin has a high tensile strength, broad chemical resistance, and excellent thermal stability.

ASA allows you to build consistently high-quality parts, with exceptional UV stability and the best aesthetics of any FDM thermoplastic.

PC-ABS is a blend of PC and ABS thermoplastics, resulting in a material that exhibits high toughness, heat resistance, and good flexural strength. Choose PC-ABS when you need the strength of PC, but the resistance of ABS.

ULTEM™ 9085 Resin features a high strength-to-weight ratio, high thermal and chemical resistance, and meets standards for flame, smoke, and toxicity characteristics.

How It Works

Step One: Contact Our Team
Reach out to our team through the above form or upload your 3D part file through our secure online upload system.

Step 2: Finalize Your Design
Whether you’re using our CAD design engineering services or have a completed 3D design, our team will make sure your part will print error-free.

Step Three: Print Your Part
With an average lead time of 2.6 days, our team will print, clean, and ship your part quickly and effectively, expediting your time-to-market.

The Process

Fused Deposition Modeling operates in X, Y and Z axes, drawing the model one layer at a time. This process is similar to how a hot glue gun extrudes melted beads of glue. 

The temperature-controlled extrusion head is fed with thermoplastic modeling material that is heated to a semi-liquid state. The head extrudes and directs the material with precision in ultra-thin layers onto a fixtureless base. 

The result of the solidified material laminating to the preceding layer is a plastic 3D model built up one strand at a time.  Once the part is completed the support columns are removed and the surface is finished.

At Purple Porcupine, you can depend on our 3D printing & rapid prototyping service to be exceptional, and our 3D printed models to hold tight tolerances with premium finishes. We use only the best of rapid prototyping technologies that will provide optimal solutions to change the way you design and create products.

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