Stratasys FDM 2000

Fab Lab
3D Printing 2D Cutting Misc

No Longer Hive13 Equipment
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Owner/Loaner: Hive13
Hive13 Asset Tag: None
Make/Model: Stratasys FDM 2000 (google)
Arrival Date: 05/24/2011
Does it work?:
Certification Needed?: Yes
Contact: User:DaveMenninger
Floorplan: Milwaukee

Current Status

The FDM 2000 is no longer at the hive, having been traded to another maker space for various equipment. See this email for more details.


Machine Information

  • Print Area: 10"x10"x10"
  • Estimated purchase price new in 1997 was $120,000 to $140,000.
  • Print Material:
    • Stratasys P400 ABS plastic (We have a metric arse ton of this, but it's possible it has been spoiled by moisture.)
    • ICW06 Investment Casting Wax

Safety Notes

The build chamber and surfaces can be quite hot - 300 degrees C (~570 F). Fans can blow materials around quite a bit. When working in the build chamber, use protective gloves and safety glasses.


See: for task tracking

Major tasks:

  • Perform maintenance tasks and document them
  • Connect to a PC
  • Find suitable table
  • Dry out the ABS


Z-stage Lubrication

Should be done monthly

Cable Lubrication

Should be done monthly

FDM Modeler Calibration

Should be done often - recommended minimum of once a week


We have a binder full of manuals describing the operation of the 3D printer and the software. Some of the manuals can also be found online.

Manuals for an FDM 2000 (includes description of Quickslice 5.0 - 1997):