3D Printing Production Parts with FDM Pro

In a production environment, the need for consistent builds and mechanical properties can pose a challenge to additive manufacturing (AM). AM provides real benefits for these industries through improved manufacturing processes and supply chain flexibility, but companies continually push for further industry advancements in quality, reliability, and repeatability to meet their stringent needs.

The Solution

One answer to this challenge is FDM Pro. FDM Pro utilizes ULTEM™ 9085 CG resin to deliver mechanically enhanced ULTEM™ 9085 resin parts with the repeatability necessitated by high-requirements industries. This material delivers the repeatability necessitated by the aerospace industry and beyond, ensuring that the 1000th part will be the same as the 1st and resulting in industry-leading coefficient of variance (<7-10%)

The ULTEM™ 9085 CG resin material has improved mechanical properties with upwards of 39% increase to tensile strength and upwards of 65% increase to elongation at break in the Z orientation compared to standard ULTEM™ 9085 resin. The improvement of mechanical properties allows for engineers and designers to expand their use of printed parts.

The FDM Pro solution builds the material in .010” thick layers. Our honed internal processes, enhancements of the printer including new extrusion tips, and finely tuned software produces cosmetic parts with better aesthetics than typically seen in ULTEM™ resin material.


Because of these benefits, FDM Pro is a solution for plethora of production applications. The higher strength of ULTEM™ 9085 CG resin can aid in the transition of overly engineered parts to more streamlined lightweight plastic parts. Engineers can utilize FDM Pro to produce components such as replacement parts, functional prototyping, under the hood applications in automotive and aircraft interiors.

FDM Pro and Aircraft Interiors

Aerospace companies are perfectly positioned to leverage the benefits of FDM Pro alongside their existing production specifications as well as expand the use of 3D printing for a broad array of components within aircraft interiors.

Aircraft interior applications include components related to:

    • Environmental control systems
    • Interior panels
    • Cosmetic bezels
    • IFEC (in-flight entertainment & communication)
    • Lighting
    • Lavatory components
    • Custom cosmetic components

3D Printed Art & Design World


By Neri Oxman, in collaboration with STRATASYS
Produced on a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer

Imaginary Beings: Mythologies of the Not Yet collection, includes 18 sculptures of ‘beings’ inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ Book, ‘Imaginary Beings,’ an encyclopaedia of imaginative zoology that contains descriptions of 120 mythical beasts from folklore and literature. Each ‘being’ in this series encapsulates the amplification and personalization of a particular human function such as the ability to fly, or the secret of becoming invisible. Ancient myths are united with their futuristic counterpart, brought to life by design fabrication and 3D printing technologies.

Photo Credit: Yoram Reshef


Size: 500 x 250 x 200 mm

Kafka demonstrates the powerful combination of 3D printing and new design algorithms inspired from nature. Drawing inspiration from author Franz Kafka’s famous novel, ‘The Metamorphosis’, Oxman sets out to represent a physical, wearable metamorphosis: a material counterpart to Kafka’s chimerical writing. Kafka’s intentional use of ambiguous terms in the novel, inspired here an equally ambiguous use of physical properties and behaviour, embedding several functions. The bestiary artwork is composed of several animal parts and combines a soft internal texture with stiff armor-like material.

Photo Credit: Yoram Reshef


Size: 40 x 20.1 x 25 cm

Greek for ‘air in motion’, the ancient word Pneuma is used in religious contexts to denote the spirit or the soul housed by the human ribcage. Pneuma 1 marks a series of design explorations depicting this ethereal constituent in material form, as a housing unit for the spirit from which breath emerges. Inspired by animals of the phylum Porifera such as sponges, this soft armor is designedto protect the body while providing comfort and flexibility. Two bodies filled with pores and channels allowing air to circulate throughout are printed using multiple materials with varying mechanical properties making up the stiff continuous shell and soft inner regions.

Photo Credit: Yoram Reshef


Size: 44.1 x 35.2 x 74.7 cm

The imaginary being, Arachne, is inspired by the myth of Arachné, the mortal weaver who was transformed into a spider by the Godess Athena. The 3D printed corset is inspired by the construction of a spider’s web. The piece combines shades of blue and white in both rigid and flexible materials, providing a protective armour for the rib cage, while the softer materials around the inter-costal muscles enhance movement and comfort.

In more ways than one, spider spinnerets can be seen as the antecedents of multi-material printers.

Able to produce up to eight different silks during their lifetime, each spinneret gland within a spider’s abdomen produces a thread for a special purpose: sticky silk is produced for trapping prey and fine silk for enshrouding it.