Nylon(PA) filament is an incredibly strong, durable, versatile 3d printing material, the heavyweight champion of the 3D printing world. The strength of the filament is remarkable, especially when using a higher fill setting. Many users prefer Nylon to create tools, functional prototypes, and mechanical parts.
It is flexible when thin, but with very high inter-layer adhesion, nylon lends itself well to things like living hinges and other functional parts. Its low friction coefficient and high melting temperature make it an excellent choice for things like 3D printed gears. It requires temperatures above 240°C to extrude.
Nylon plastic is very hygroscopic. That means it readily absorbs water from the air. Nylon can absorb more than 10% of its weight in water in less than 24 hours. Successful 3D printing with nylon requires dry filament. When you 3D print with nylon filament that isn’t dry, the water in the filament explodes causing air bubbles during printing that prevents good layer adhesion and greatly weakens the part. It also ruins the surface finish.
Dry nylon prints buttery smooth and has a glossy finish.
- Strength: High | Flexibility: High | Durability: High
- Print temperature: 240°C – 260°C
- Print bed temperature: 70°C – 100°C