Nylon

Nylon 3D Printing

Print nylon parts with SLS/ MJF 3D Printing and create end-use functional parts.

SLS 3D Printing produces parts with high strength, high precision, and high toughness, while MJF 3D Printing produces parts with higher performance than SLS printed parts. Choose SLS or MJF to print nylon parts based on your needs. Dedicated post-processing for all nylon parts are available.

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Our Nylon Materials

We provide nylon or polyamide (PA) materials to cater for various applications. Use nylon materials for prototyping and small batch production of functional parts.

Material Maximum Printing Size Lead Time Tolerance Color Distortion Temperature Material Properties
PA12 White

PA12 White

350*350*400mm 48 or 72 Hours ± 300μm or 0.3%mm White 145℃ Elongation at Break: 36%
PA12 Black

PA12 Black

350*350*400mm 48 or 72 Hours ± ± 300μm or 0.3%mm Gray-Black 145℃ Finish: Granular, Greyish Black Elongation at Break: 36%; Note: Relatively brittle and easy to deform; Low dimensional accuracy; Not recommended for assembly
PA12 Glass-filled

PA12 Glass-filled

330*330*380mm 48 or 72 Hours ± 300μm or 0.3%mm Light-Grey 160℃ Finish: Granular; Elongation at Break: 5%; Note: Strong hardness; May have relatively larger tolerance
HP PA12 Black

HP PA12 Black

370*270*380mm 48 or 72 Hours ± 300μm or 0.3%mm Black 175℃ Finish: Less Granular; Elongation at Break: 20%; Note: Good mechanical properties
HP PA12 Gray

HP PA12 Gray

370*270*380mm 48 or 72 Hours ± 300μm or 0.3%mm Gray 175℃ Finish: Less Granular; Elongation at Break: 20%; Note: Good mechanical properties

Material Performance

Material Performance

  • Excellent Mechanical Properties
  • High Chemical Resistance
  • No Support Structures Needed
  • High Strength
  • High Toughness
  • High Dimensional Accuracy
Material Performance
Advantages

Advantages

  • No support structures required.
  • Feature good abrasion resistance and high impact resistance.
  • Nylon parts have excellent toughness and good ductility.
  • Chemical resistance and heat resistance.
  • Cost-effective. Produce functional part prototypes to small volumes production.

Applications

> Functional prototypes

> Industrial Models

> Tooling

> End-use Parts

> Gears, Jigs and Fixtures, Bearings, Snap Fits, Housing, etc.

Applications

How to 3D Print Nylon?

Utilize SLS to print nylon powder:

 
 

Step 1. The powder bin and build chamber are pre-heated to a temperature that a little bit below the melting point of the printing materials. This step will make it easier for the laser to raise the temperature of selective regions as it will shapes and traces those regions until the solid object is built.

 
 

Step 2. The recoating blade will disperse a thin layer of powder on the top of the build platform.

 
 

Step 3. The laser scans the contour of next layer, heating and sintering the materials selectively to a temperature that just below or right at the melting point of the materials, which fuses the materials in old layer and new layer together mechanically.

 
 

Step 4. The un-sintered powder supports the parts during the printing process, which means SLS doesn’t need dedicated support structures to create complex parts.

 
 

Step 5. When a layer is scanned, the build platform lowers to a pre-set thickness and the recoating blade spreads a new layer of powder. The process keeps repeating until the solid part is built.

 
 

Step 6. Cooling. After printing, the build chamber needs to cool down before the printed parts can be unpacked. This makes sure that mechanical properties of parts are optimized and avoid warping. But it takes times, sometimes may up to 12 hours.

 
 

Step 7. Post-processing. Then the parts are ready to unpack from the build chamber. The next step is to clean the excess powder on the parts, while the powders can be recycled and reused in the next printing. The parts afterwards can be further post-processed by blasting, grinding, and painting, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much does printing nylon cost?

Generally, the cost of a nylon 3D printed part depends on part complexity, type of printing material, and post-processing. Get an instant quote here.

2. What are the post-processing options for the nylon 3D printed parts?

We provide a wide range of post-processing options for your parts, including tapping, threading, dyeing, grinding, etc. Contact our Customer Success Manger or email hello@wenext.com for more about plastic parts post-processing.

3. How large of a part can I print with nylon materials?

Please check our design guidelines for nylon parts here. For more sizes, please contact our Customer Success Manager or email hello@wenext.com.

4. Can I printing moving parts with nylon 3D Printing?

Yes. Please make sure the clearance of the moving sections meets the design guidelines.

5. Does nylon 3D Printing have advantages?

Due to the material density, nylon parts prone to moisture absorption and may be warped during printing if the wall thickness is too thin.

6. Is nylon stronger than plastic?

Both nylon and polypropylene are durable and resistant to stress, but polypropylene is stronger than nylon. We also provide polypropylene 3D Printing, using SLS technology.

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