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Nylon Filament

Nylon is tough, durable, relatively flexible and impact resistant material. Overview | Positives & NegativesHardware Requirements

An Overview of Nylon Filament

Nylon (a.k.a. Polyamide) is a popular material in the plastics industry, known for its toughness and flexibility. Nylon filaments typically require extruder temperatures near 250 ºC, however, some brands allow printing at temperatures as low as 220 ºC due to their chemical composition. Many printers do not include a hotend that can safely reach 250 ºC, so these lower-temperature versions can be useful and potentially save you from needing to upgrade your hotend. 

One big challenge with Nylon filaments is that they are hygroscopic, which means they readily absorb moisture from their surroundings. Printing Nylon after it has absorbed moisture will lead to several print quality issues, thus filament storage becomes very important and requires special attention.

Positives

  • Tough and partially flexible
  • High impact resistance
  • No unpleasant odor while printing
  • Good abrasion resistance

Negatives

  • Prone to Warping
  • Air-tight storage required to prevent water absorption
  • Improperly dried filaments can cause printing defects
  • Not suitable for moist and humid environments

Typical Hardware Requirements

Printer Bed

Temperature: 70-90 °C
Heated Bed Required
Enclosure Recommended

Build Surface

Glue Stick
PEI

Filament Extruder

Temperature: 225-265 °C
May require All-Metal hotend

Cooling Fan

Cooling Fan Not Required

Getting Started

Common Applications

  • Plastic Gears
  • Screws, nuts, bolts
  • Cable ties

Popular Brands

  • Taulman Nylon
  • Matterhackers PRO Nylon
  • HobbyKing Nylon
  • GizmoDorks Nylon

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