Nylon 12

Material
Laser Sintering (LS) - Nylon 12

Description

Nylon 12 is a material that has created a name for itself in the additive manufacturing (3D printing) industry, and for good reason. Its reliability has been put to the test time and time again, and it always emerges as a highly trustworthy option for a variety of applications. Its stability alone is reason enough to be considered a worthy substitute for both ABS and PA6. But it doesn’t stop there. Nylon 12 also boasts exceptional chemical resistance and flexibility, making it a go-to choice for projects that require such features. Its durability is yet another key attribute that makes it an ideal option for use in harsh environments. So, whether you need a material that can endure extreme temperatures, resist chemicals, be flexible and robust, or all of the above, Nylon 12 for 3D printing is a versatile choice that won’t disappoint.

Nylon 12 Applications

  • Substitute for Injection Molded Plastics
  • Good for Snap Fits and Movable Parts

Resources

Material Manufacturer: EOS

Nylon 12 Characteristics

White

  • Abrasion Resistant
  • Biocompatible*
  • Chemical Resistant
  • High Detail/High Resolution
  • High Strength
  • Impact Resistant
  • Rigid
  • Temperature Resistant

* Please notify us of any biocompatibility needs.

Nylon 12 Mechanical Properties

Mechanical Properties XY
Tensile Strength
7,252 psi
Tensile Modulus
247 ksi
Tensile Elongation at Break
20%
Flexural Modulus
218 ksi
Mechanical Properties XY
Tensile Strength
50 MPa
Tensile Modulus
1,700 MPa
Tensile Elongation at Break
20%
Flexural Modulus
1,500 MPa

Laser Sintering

Technology
Max Build Area

26 x 13.5 x 21.8 in

Lead Time

3 – 5 Days

Tolerances

First inch ± 0.005 in 

Additional inches ± 0.002 in 

Layer Thickness
  • EOS:  0.005 in
  • 3D Systems:  0.004 in
  • XYZ: 0.004 in

About Laser Sintering

Laser sintering, also known as selective laser sintering, is an industrial 3D printing technology. This process involves using a high-powered laser to fuse powdered thermoplastics precisely. Our laser sintering team can produce prototypes or parts within three to five days. The parts are then cleaned of excess powder and are ready to be used or can be further refined for a higher level of finishing. 

One of the most significant benefits of laser sintering is its ability to create complex geometric shapes easily. The automated vapor smoothing ensures that the production parts are strong, heat-resistant, air-tight, and water-tight, and easy to replicate. Nylon is the primary material used in selective laser sintering, which allows for the creation of flexible end-use parts and living hinges. It can also be dyed in various colors.

Laser sintering technology can benefit industries such as aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer products, medical and dental, and many more.

Design Recommendations

Feature Measurement

Connecting & Moving Parts

Connecting: 0.006 in
Moving: 0.012 in

Escape Holes

0.04 in

Embossing & Engraving

Width: 0.04 in
Height/Depth: 0.04 in

Holes & Openings

0.02 in

Horizontal Spans

Supports Not Required

Minimum Features

0.03 in

Pin Diameter

0.02 in

Supports & Overhangs

Supports Not Required

Walls (Supported)

0.03 in

Walls (Unsupported)

Supports Not Required
Feature Measurement

Connecting & Moving Parts

Connecting: 0.15 mm
Moving: 0.3 mm

Escape Holes

1 mm

Embossing & Engraving

Width: 1 mm
Height/Depth: 1 mm

Holes & Openings

0.5 mm

Horizontal Spans

Supports Not Required

Minimum Features

0.7 mm

Pin Diameter

0.5 mm

Supports & Overhangs

Supports Not Required

Walls (Supported)

0.7 mm

Walls (Unsupported)

Supports Not Required