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Basic info

Nylon (polyamide) is a versatile material with excellent thermal and mechanical resistance. It is suitable for printing functional technical parts with high temperature and mechanical resistance requirements. However, it’s very hard to print and therefore recommended for experienced users only.
 
Recommended nozzle temperature: 250 °C
 
Recommended bed temperature: 90 °C
 
Heatbed: Both powder-coated (TXT and satin) sheets with a glue stick will provide the best adhesion.

Description

Nylon (polyamide) is an extremely resilient material, resistant to abrasion, suitable especially for technical parts. It has excellent layer adhesion. In large volumes, it has great mechanical resistance, while in thin layers it remains flexible. Its coefficient of friction is low, melting temperature is high. However, Nylon is hygroscopic, so it is necessary to keep it dry (airtight with desiccant). Improper storage can lead it to absorb water weighing up to 10% of filament weight. 

To compare supported material properties, see our material table. 

Pros

Cons

✔ Great mechanical resistance

✖ Prone to warping

✔ Tough in large volumes, flexible in thin layers

✖ Highly hygroscopic material

✔ High-temperature resistance

 

Best use

The best use of Nylon is for printing technical parts requiring great heat, chemical, and mechanical resistance. Nylon is also good for making a cold pull cleaning.

Tips for successful printing

Keep the filament dry

Dry the filament before printing, at least 4 hours with a temperature below 90 °C. Moist nylon filament makes bubbles, which leads to uneven layers and an ugly surface.

Print it in high ambient temperature

Print settings are usually quite similar to ABS - with nozzle temperature around 230-275 °C. It is almost odorless. Apart from moisture issues, the main disadvantage of nylon is warping. High ambient temperature (enclosure) helps a lot.

Sample prints

GearsBendable objects

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