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3D printing in Nylon

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.

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SLS Nylon Materials

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

Description

Applications
SLS is used for both prototyping and small-batch production of functional plastic parts with good mechanical properties.
Strengths
No support material required,Excellent mechanical properties,Can produce complex geometries
Weaknesses
Higher cost than FDM,Longer lead times than FDM

Characteristics

Price

$ $ $ $ $

Lead Time
< 5 days
Wall Thickness
0.7 mm
Tolerances
± 0.3% (min: ± 0.3 mm)
Max part size
75 x 55 x 55 cm
Layer height
100

Available materials

Nylon 12 (Standard)

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

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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.

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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.

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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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MJF Nylon Materials

HP's Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) can be used for both prototyping and small-batch-production of functional plastic parts.

Description

Applications
HP's Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) can be used for both prototyping and small-batch-production of functional plastic parts.
Strengths
No support material required,Excellent mechanical properties,Can produce complex geometries
Weaknesses
Higher cost than FDM,Longer lead times than FDM

Characteristics

Price

$ $ $ $ $

Lead Time
< 5 days
Wall Thickness
0.6 mm
Tolerances
± 0.3% (with lower limit on ± 0.2 mm)
Max part size
38 x 28 x 38 cm
Layer height
100

Available materials

Nylon 12 (Standard)

HP Nylon 12 (MJF) - PA 12 - has excellent mechanical properties and chemical good resistance to chemicals. It is ideal for functional parts and prototypes.

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Nylon 11

HP Nylon 11 (MJF) - PA 11 - has higher impact resistance and is more ductile than PA 12 and is best suited for parts with flexible features, such as snap fits and living hinges.

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Glass filled Nylon

HP Glass filled Nylon (MJF) contains glass beads and produces parts with higher stiffness and improved thermal stability over standard PA 12.

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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.

Description

Applications
FDM is the most widely available 3D printing process, mainly used for low-cost prototyping and design verification with very fast turn around times.
Strengths
Low-cost,Fast turnaround times
Weaknesses
Limited dimensional accuracy,Print layers are likely to be visible

Characteristics

Price

$ $ $ $ $

Lead Time
< 2 days
Wall Thickness
0.8 mm
Tolerances
± 0.5% (min: ± 0.5 mm)
Max part size
100 x 100 x 100 cm
Layer height
100 - 300

Available materials

Nylon 12 (Standard)

Nylon 12 (FDM) has superior mechanical properties than ABS and high chemical and abrasion resistance. Used for functional parts requiring high fatigue strength.

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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 (Onyx)

Carbon filled Nylon (FDM) has excellent stiffness and good temperature resistance. Ranks between standard Nylon and continuous carbon-fiber reinforced Nylon. Please note this material is not continuously reinforced but contains chopped carbon fiber.

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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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