Nylon 3D Printed Part by AON3D

3D Printing with Nylon

Nylon (PA – polyamides) covers a semi-crystalline family of polymers that have many applications in 3D printing. Nylon’s high strength-to-weight ratio and low friction coefficient make it ideal for a wide range of applications.

Mechanical

  • Greater durability than ABS
  • Low coefficient of friction
  • Offers high flexibility in thin sections
  • Excellent impact resistance and strength-to-weight ratio
  • More consistent smoothness compared to other high-performance thermoplastics

Thermal

  • Bed temperature: 70-90°C (158-194°F)
  • Nozzle temperature: 220-280°C (428-536°F)
  • Glass transition temperature: varies, between 40-51°C (104-124°F)

Resistances

  • Resists variety of chemicals, including moderately alkali or acidic solutions
  • Poor resistance to strong oxidizing agents
  • Resists hydrolysis in most aqueous solutions after printing

When to Use Nylon for 3D Printing

The Step-Up from Standard Plastics

Nylon is an engineering-grade plastic, which offers more durability and less rigidity than standard grade plastics, while maintaining affordability.

Fantastic Flexibility

Certain grades of Nylon are very flexible, which makes it well-suited to applications that require good strength-to-flexibility ratios.

Color Customization

Due to its tendency to retain moisture, Nylon can be dyed with most clothing dyes, opening a rainbow of opportunity for multi-colored high-performance material 3D printing.

Challenges with 3D Printing Nylon

Heated, Enclosed 3D Printers Only

Nylon has mild warping potential, so heated beds and chambers are required when 3D printing, along with elevated nozzle temperatures.

Dry, Dry and Dry Again

Its hygroscopic nature means that Nylon needs to be carefully dried prior to printing and the filaments need to be stored in moisture-free containers to avoid printing defects.

3D Printed Nylon Parts

Carbon-Filled Nylon Part Printed by AON3D Industrial 3D Printer
Nylon Orthotic 3D Printed by the AON-M2
Flexible White Nylon Parts 3D printed by AON3D

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