Stratasys Gets Tough with Nylon 12
Staff posted on July 15, 2020 |
New nylon material with specs to be toughest in additive manufacturing is a reason to take notice.
This content is submitted by Stratasys AP Limited.
Written by: Aaron Pearson, Vice President of Public Relations, Stratasys
Designed to optimize strength and toughness while reducing the residual stresses and warp that have prevented semi-crystalline material use in the past, FDM Nylon 12 offers several key improvements over any other 3D-printed nylon. It out-performs on toughness and mechanical properties, exhibiting 100 percent improvement in elongation at break and also offers superior fatigue and chemical resistance. FDM Nylon 12 is also the first FDM material that can be annealed, improving the temperature and mechanical properties of 3D printed parts.
Black rotary cap cover created in FDM Nylon 12 material on the Fortus 3D Production System.
All this presents compelling opportunities for jigs, fixtures and tooling with enhanced durability, dimensional stability and impact strength.
It also opens up new possibilities for geometries and applications that can easily withstand repetitive stress, flex and vibrations such as snap fits and press fit inserts.
FDM Nylon 12 is available for use on Fortus 900mc, Fortus 400mc and Fortus 360mc 3D Production Systems.
With the added advantages of Stratasys FDM Nylon 12 and with nylon being the third most common engineering thermoplastic for traditional manufacturing, it’s clear that the potential for this material is outstanding in a wide variety of industries – from automotive to aerospace to home appliances.