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The majority of today's consumer products – and many commercial ones – are composed of thermoplastics. When designing a new product, engineers can best predict its end performance by prototyping with material as similar to the final product as possible. That's why 3D printing with thermoplastics is so widely practiced. Engineers have the option of making parts with the most commonly used thermoplastics, such as ABS, polycarbonate, a variety of blends, as well as engineered thermoplastics for aerospace, medical, automotive, electronic, and other specialty applications.

When using 3D printing for the production of finished goods, using thermoplastic is all the more important, and it may be the only choice for many applications.

The Stratasys FDMR process uses industrial-grade thermoplastics including some high-performance engineered materials. These thermoplastics are made from the same raw stock as injection molding materials.

They're well-suited for applications ranging from concept modeling through product development and manufacturing. Similar to molded parts, there are a variety of material options, each with unique characteristics designed to meet the application needs.

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