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About Nylon

Nylon Grades available

Nylon 6High chemical and heat resistance, and is stiff enough to retain its shape, but tough enough not to permanently deform under loadCNC Machining, Injection MoldingCircuit insulation boards. Switchgear. Rotor slot wedges. Gears. Wear strips & Chain guards. Machine guards
Nylon 66Nylon 6/6 has high mechanical strength and rigidity. It is resistant to chemicals and is stable at high temperatures.CNC Machining, Injection MoldingGears, Firearm components, Automotive engine compartments.
Nylon 11A fine bioplastic polyamide derived from castor oil. CNC Machining, Injection MoldingChemical resistance, Low water absorption, Low environmental impact.
Nylon 12Nylon 12 is a synthetic 3D printed polymer material that’s strong, durable and also has some flex to it. As a result, Nylon is a great material choice for snap fits, brackets, clips, and spring feature3D Printing (SLS/MJF), CNC MachiningNearly Isotropic Parts Built Without Supports, Allowing for Complex Geometries Durable Production-Grade Thermoplastic
Nylon 12 GF20% Glass-Filled Nylon is much stiffer and has greater tensile strength than standard Nylon. It also has a low coefficient of friction and high thermal resistance.3D Printing, CNC MachiningHigh Rigidity, Resistant To Wear & Tear, Thermally Resilient

Quick Overview

ProcessesLead TimeColorTolerancePriceApplications
CNC MachiningAs fast as 3 daysWhite & available in all major colors.With drawing: as low as +/- 0.005 mm No drawing: ISO 2768 mediumQty & Precision dependentGears and sliders, large parts, general-purpose, wear & heat-resistance applications
3D Printing2-4 Days based on sizeWhite & available in all major colors.FDM - 150 µm
SLS - 150 µm
Lowest in marketFunctional prototypes, mechanical applications & Batch production.
Injection Molding20-30 DaysWhite & available in all major colors.As low as +/- 0.030 mmQty & Precision dependentAutomotive applications, gears, bushings, bearings, washers, a lightweight substitute for metals where appropriate

Design Recommendations

Services NameMax SizeMin SizeMin ThicknessUndercutsRadii Depth
For CNC MachiningMax Part Size: 600 mmMin End Mill Size: 0.8 mmMin Wall Thickness: 0.5 mmUndercuts: Square profile, full radius, dovetail profilesRadii: Depth: Depth must not exceed 12x drill bit diameter. For end mills, depth must not exceed 10x tool diameter.
For 3D PrintingMax Part Size: 500x500x500 mmMin Hole size : 1 mmMin Wall Thickness: 1 mmMin Feature Size : 3 mmRecommended fillet & Chamfer angles : > 45 Deg
For MoldingMax Part Size: 500x500x500 mmMin Hole size : 0.5 mmMin Wall Thickness: 0.5 mmRibs should be 40-60% the thickness of outer walls and should still maintain draftMinimum draft angle of 0.5°, or up to 5°, for faces with medium textures

Frequently Asked Questions

Nylon 11 is derived from castor oils and Nylon 12 comes from butadiene. Nylon 12 has a slightly lower melting point and density and Nylon 12 performs better at high temperatures and has superior UV resistance.

For complex geometries SLS nylon is cheaper & faster.

For simple geometries CNC machining is cheaper & faster.

Nylon 4,6 has highest melting point 295°C & Max Service
Temperature of 166°C

High performance polymers are thermoplastic polymers with high mechanical, thermal and chemical performance with innumerable uses. In fact, they can replace metals such as bronze, brass, stainless steel and aluminum alloys.



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