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Nylon
3D printing

Used to substitute functional injection moulded parts, good chemical resistance.

Nylon or polyamide (PA) is a thermoplastic with excellent mechanical properties, high chemical and abrasion resistance. Perfect for functional applications.
Print with Nylon

SLS Nylon Materials

SLS is used for both prototyping and small-batch production of functional plastic parts with good mechanical properties.

Benefits and Limitations

No support material required
Excellent mechanical properties
Can produce complex geometries

Higher cost than FDM
Longer lead times than FDM

Characteristics

Price $$$$$ Tolerance ± 0.3% (min: ± 0.3 mm)
Turnaround time < 5 days Wall thickness 0.7 mm
Max part size 75 x 55 x 55 cm Layer height 80 - 120 μm

Standard Nylon

Standard Nylon (SLS) - PA 12 - has all-around great mechanical properties and chemical resistance and is ideal for functional parts and prototypes.

Material family

Carbon filled Nylon

Carbon filled Nylon (SLS) contains carbon fiber or graphite particles that give parts high stiffness and improved thermal properties over standard Nylon.

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Glass filled Nylon

Glass filled Nylon (SLS) contains glass particles that give parts high stiffness and improved thermal and abrasion resistance over standard Nylon.

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Mineral filled Nylon

Mineral filled Nylon (SLS) contains mineral particles that give parts higher stiffness, thermal stability and density over standard Nylon.

Properties
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Aluminum filled Nylon

Aluminum filled Nylon (SLS) contains aluminum particles that give parts a metallic appearance, improved stiffness over standard Nylon and great machinability.

Properties
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Nylon 11

Nylon 11 (SLS) - PA 11 - has higher impact resistance and is more flexible than standard Nylon (PA 12), but has lower hardness.

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Flame retardant Nylon

Flame retardant Nylon (SLS) are certified PA materials for consumer applications and aviation with great mechanical properties.

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FDM Nylon Materials

FDM is the most widely available 3D printing process, mainly used for low-cost prototyping and design verification with very fast turn around times.

Benefits and Limitations

Low-cost
Fast turnaround times

Limited dimensional accuracy
Print layers are likely to be visible

Characteristics

Price $$$$$ Tolerance ± 0.5% (min: ± 0.5 mm)
Turnaround time < 2 days Wall thickness 0.8 mm
Max part size 100 x 100 x 100 cm Layer height 50 - 400 μm

Standard Nylon

Nylon (FDM) has superior mechanical properties than ABS and high chemical and abrasion resistance. Used for functional parts requiring high fatigue strength.

Properties
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Carbon-fiber reinforced Nylon

Carbon-fibre reinforced Nylon (FDM) contains continuous carbon fibers that give extremely high stiffness and strength-to-weight ratio comparable to metal.

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Carbon filled Nylon

Carbon filled Nylon (FDM) has excellent stiffness and good temperature resistance. Ranks between standard Nylon and continuous Carbon-fiber reinforced Nylon.

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Kevlar-fiber reinforced Nylon

Kevlar-fiber reinforced Nylon (FDM) contains continuous kevlar fibers that give excellent mechanical properties and high abrasion and impact resistance.

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Fiberglass reinforced Nylon

Fiberglass reinforced Nylon (FDM) contains continuous glass fibers that give high stiffness and excellent heat resistance. Ideal for high temperature applications.

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