Nylon material engineered for additive manufacturing

A new 3D printing material has been introduced by Stratasys, which it says enables the creation of tougher, more flexible unfilled nylon parts.

FDM Nylon 12 is designed for use with the company's line of Fortus 3D Production Systems and Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) technology.

Stratasys claims it offers up to five times greater resistance to breaking and better impact strength compared to even the strongest FDM materials.

In addition, the material's elongation-at-break specification is said to surpass that of other 3D printed nylon materials by up to 100%.

Stratasys expects the material to benefit manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, home appliance and consumer electronics markets.

Fred Fischer, the company's product director, commented: "We expect it to be used for applications requiring repetitive snap fits, high fatigue endurance, strong chemical resistance, high impact strength or press-fit inserts.

"This material offers users a clean, simple way to produce nylon parts with an additive process."

Laura Hopperton

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