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


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


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

HDT @ 66 PSI

97 °C


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

Tensile Strenth, Yield (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)ASTM D6384,600 psi4,100 psi32 MPa28 MPa
Tensile Strength, Ultimate (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)ASTM D6386,650 psi5,600 psi46 MPa38.5 MPa
Tensile Modulus (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)ASTM D638186,000 psi165,000 psi1,282 MPa1,138 MPa
Elongation at Break (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)ASTM D63830%5.4%30%5.4%
Elongation at Yield (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)ASTM D6382.4%2.7%2.4%2.7%
Flexural Strength (Method 1, 0.05”/min)ASTM D7909,700 psi8,800 psi67 MPa61 MPa
Flexural Modulus (Method 1, 0.05”/min)ASTM D790185,000 psi171,000 psi1,276 MPa1,180 MPa
Flexural Strain at BreakASTM D790No Break>10%No Break>10%
IZOD impact - notched (Method A, 23 °C)ASTM D2562.5 ft-lb/in1 ft-lb/in135 J/m53 J/m
IZOD impact - unnotched (Method A, 23 °C)ASTM D25631 ft-lb/in3.7 ft-lb/in1,656 J/m200 J/m
Compressive Strength, Yield (Method 1, 0.05”/min)ASTM D6957,400 psi7,900 psi51 MPa55 MPa
Compressive Strength, Ultimate (Method 1, 0.05”/min)ASTM D69524,200 psi800 psi167 MPa6 MPa
Compressive Modulus (Method 1, 0.05”/min)ASTM D695730,000 psi155,000 psi5,033 MPa1,069 MPa


Tensile Strength, Yield (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)ASTM D6387,700 psi6,900 psi53 MPa48 MPa
Tensile Modulus (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)ASTM D638190,000 psi180,000 psi1,310 MPa1,241 MPa
Elongation at Break (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)ASTM D6389.5%5%9.5%5%
Elongation at Yield (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)ASTM D6386.5%5%6.5%5%
Flexural Strength (Method 1, 0.05”/min)ASTM D79010,000 psi8,600 psi69 MPa60 MPa
Flexural Modulus (Method 1, 0.05”/min)ASTM D790190,000 psi180,000 psi1,300 MPa1,250 MPa
Flexural Strain at BreakASTM D790No Break>10%No Break>10%
IZOD impact - notched (Method A, 23 °C)ASTM D2562.8 ft-lb/in0.9 ft-lb/in150 J/m50 J/m
IZOD impact - unnotched (Method A, 23 °C)ASTM D256>37.4 ft-lb/in5.1 ft-lb/in>2,000 J/m275 J/m


Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 66 psi annealedASTM D648207 °F97 °C
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 66 psi unannealedASTM D648167 °F75 °C
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 264 psi annealedASTM D648180 °F82 °C
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 264 psi unannealedASTM D648131 °F55 °C
Melting Point---------------352 °F178 °C


Specific GravityASTM D7921.00


Fortus 380mc
Fortus 450mc
Stratasys F900
0.013 inch (0.330 mm)
0.010 inch (0.254 mm)
0.007 inch (0.178 mm)

*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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