FDM Nylon 12

Production-grade Thermoplastic

FDM Nylon 12™ is the first material in Stratasys’ family of nylon offerings, complementing the current portfolio of FDM® materials and enabling new applications requiring: repetitive snap fits, high fatigue resistance, strong chemical resistance and press (friction) fit inserts.

FDM Nylon 12 is primarily used in aerospace, automotive and consumer goods industries to take on everything from tooling, jigs and  fixtures to covers, panels and vibration resistant components. For use with Fortus 380/450mc™ and Stratasys F900™ 3D Printers, FDM Nylon 12 offers unparalleled toughness and a simple, clean process – free of powders.

FDM Nylon 12 Material Properties

Behaviour and use

TENSILE STRENGTH

32 MPa (XZ Axis)
28 MPa (ZX Axis)

TENSILE MODULUS

1282 MPa (XZ Axis)
1138 MPa (ZX Axis)

HDT @ 66 PSI

97 °C

IZOD IMPACT, NOTCHED

150 J/m (XZ Axis)
50 J/m (ZX Axis)

Main Uses

Exhibiting 100 to 300 percent better elongation at break and superior fatigue resistance over any other additive manufacturing technology. Nylon 12 is primarily used in aerospace, automotive and consumer goods industries. Best Z-axis lamination.

Top Applications
  • Tooling
  • Jigs and fixtures
  • Production parts
  • Snap-fits and friction-fit inserts

FDM Materials Profile

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Take a closer look at some of Stratasys’ most popular and versatile FDM materials along with six useful tips and tricks for getting the best results from each.

The materials covered in this video span from standard plastics (ABS-M30 and ASA) to engineering (Nylon 12) and high performance plastics (ULTEM 9085 and ULTEM 1010).

FDM Material Applications

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FDM Nylon 12 Specification & Features

CONDITIONED*
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES TEST METHOD ENGLISH METRIC
XZ AXIS ZX AXIS XZ AXIS ZX AXIS
Tensile Strenth, Yield (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min) ASTM D638 4,600 psi 4,100 psi 32 MPa 28 MPa
Tensile Strength, Ultimate (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min) ASTM D638 6,650 psi 5,600 psi 46 MPa 38.5 MPa
Tensile Modulus (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min) ASTM D638 186,000 psi 165,000 psi 1,282 MPa 1,138 MPa
Elongation at Break (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min) ASTM D638 30% 5.4% 30% 5.4%
Elongation at Yield (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min) ASTM D638 2.4% 2.7% 2.4% 2.7%
Flexural Strength (Method 1, 0.05”/min) ASTM D790 9,700 psi 8,800 psi 67 MPa 61 MPa
Flexural Modulus (Method 1, 0.05”/min) ASTM D790 185,000 psi 171,000 psi 1,276 MPa 1,180 MPa
Flexural Strain at Break ASTM D790 No Break >10% No Break >10%
IZOD impact - notched (Method A, 23 °C) ASTM D256 2.5 ft-lb/in 1 ft-lb/in 135 J/m 53 J/m
IZOD impact - unnotched (Method A, 23 °C) ASTM D256 31 ft-lb/in 3.7 ft-lb/in 1,656 J/m 200 J/m
Compressive Strength, Yield (Method 1, 0.05”/min) ASTM D695 7,400 psi 7,900 psi 51 MPa 55 MPa
Compressive Strength, Ultimate (Method 1, 0.05”/min) ASTM D695 24,200 psi 800 psi 167 MPa 6 MPa
Compressive Modulus (Method 1, 0.05”/min) ASTM D695 730,000 psi 155,000 psi 5,033 MPa 1,069 MPa

 

UNCONDITIONED (DRY)**
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES TEST METHOD ENGLISH METRIC
XZ AXIS ZX AXIS XZ AXIS ZX AXIS
Tensile Strength, Yield (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min) ASTM D638 7,700 psi 6,900 psi 53 MPa 48 MPa
Tensile Modulus (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min) ASTM D638 190,000 psi 180,000 psi 1,310 MPa 1,241 MPa
Elongation at Break (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min) ASTM D638 9.5% 5% 9.5% 5%
Elongation at Yield (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min) ASTM D638 6.5% 5% 6.5% 5%
Flexural Strength (Method 1, 0.05”/min) ASTM D790 10,000 psi 8,600 psi 69 MPa 60 MPa
Flexural Modulus (Method 1, 0.05”/min) ASTM D790 190,000 psi 180,000 psi 1,300 MPa 1,250 MPa
Flexural Strain at Break ASTM D790 No Break >10% No Break >10%
IZOD impact - notched (Method A, 23 °C) ASTM D256 2.8 ft-lb/in 0.9 ft-lb/in 150 J/m 50 J/m
IZOD impact - unnotched (Method A, 23 °C) ASTM D256 >37.4 ft-lb/in 5.1 ft-lb/in >2,000 J/m 275 J/m

 

THERMAL PROPERTIES TEST METHOD ENGLISH METRIC
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 66 psi annealed ASTM D648 207 °F 97 °C
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 66 psi unannealed ASTM D648 167 °F 75 °C
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 264 psi annealed ASTM D648 180 °F 82 °C
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 264 psi unannealed ASTM D648 131 °F 55 °C
Melting Point --------------- 352 °F 178 °C

 

OTHER TEST METHOD VALUE
Specific Gravity ASTM D792 1.00

 

SYSTEM AVAILABILITY LAYER THICKNESS CAPABILITY SUPPORT
MATERIAL
COLOUR
Fortus 380mc
Fortus 450mc
Stratasys F900
0.013 inch (0.330 mm)
0.010 inch (0.254 mm)
0.007 inch (0.178 mm)
SR-110 Black

*Conditioned = 20 °C and 50% RH for 72 hours

**Unconditioned (Dry) = Direct from FDM system

 Annealed = 2 hours @ 140 °C

 Unannealed = direct from FDM system

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology

Advantages of 3D printing FDM Nylon 12 with a Stratasys FDM Machine

Tough long-lasting parts

FDM technology works with engineering-grade thermoplastics to build strong, long-lasting and dimensionally stable parts with the best accuracy and repeatability of any 3D printing technology. FDM Nylon 12 parts are tough enough to be used as advanced conceptual models, functional prototypes, manufacturing tools and production parts.

Meet production demands

FDM systems are as versatile and durable as the parts they produce. Advanced FDM 3D Printers boast the largest build envelopes and material capacities in their class, delivering longer, uninterrupted build times, bigger parts and higher quantities than other additive manufacturing systems, delivering high throughput, duty cycles and utilization rates.

Gain new possibilities

FDM 3D Printers streamline processes from design through manufacturing, reducing costs and eliminating traditional barriers along the way. Industries can cut lead times and costs, products turn out better and get to market faster.

Compatible 3D Printers

Stratasys Machines that can print with FDM Nylon 12 material

Fortus 380mc

Fortus 380mc / 450mc

A workhorse 3D printer for engineers that require demanding flexibility to print larger-sized or many parts in an array of engineering-grade materials with high speed and unfailing throughput.

Stratasys F900 Production Machine

Stratasys F900

The Stratasys F900 is the ultimate manufacturing-grade production 3D printer with the widest array of engineering-grade materials, maximum throughput, largest build platform, and highest accuracy.

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