Nylon 12

FDM Nylon 12 offers unparalleled toughness and a simple, clean process.

Repetitive snap fits, high fatigue resistance, strong chemical resistance and press (friction) fit inserts- 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.

FDM Nylon 12 is the same tough nylon material popular in traditional manufacturing for its superb price-performance. You can create advanced prototypes and custom tooling for applications that demand high fatigue resistance — with clean, hassle-free FDM Technology.

Nylon 12 parts built on a Fortus 3D Production System are the toughest in the industry, exhibiting 100-300 percent better elongation at break and superior fatigue resistance over any other additive manufacturing technology. Nylon offers the best Z-axis lamination and highest impact strength of any FDM thermoplastic, as well as excellent chemical resistance.

Aerospace and automotive applications include custom production tooling, jigs and fixtures, and prototypes for interior panelling, low-heat air-intake components and antenna covers. For product development in consumer goods, FDM Nylon 12 makes durable prototypes for snap-fit panels and impact-protective components.

Nylon 12 Materials

Nylon 12 Mechanical Properties Conditioned*

Tensile Strength, Yield (Type 1, 0.125", 0.2"/min)ASTM D6384,600 psi4,100 psi32 MPa32 MPa
Tensile Strength, Ultimate (Type 1, 0.125", 0.2"/min)ASTM D6386,650 psi5,600 psi46 MPa46 MPa
Tensile Modulus (Type 1, 0.125", 0.2"/min)ASTM D638186,000 psi165,000 psi1,282 MPa1,282 MPa
Elongation at Break (Type 1, 0.125", 0.2"/min)ASTM D63830%5.40%30%30%
Elongation at Yield (Type 1, 0.125", 0.2"/min)ASTM D6382.40%2.70%2.40%2.40%
Flexural Strength (Method 1, 0.05"/min)ASTM D7909,700 psi8,800 psi67 MPa67 MPa
Flexural Modulus (Method 1, 0.05"/min)ASTM D790185,000 psi171,000 psi1,276 MPa1,276 MPa
Flexural Strain at BreakASTM D790No Break>10%No BreakNo Break
IZOD impact - notched (Method A, 23°C)ASTM D2562.5 ft-lb/in1 ft-lb/in135 J/m135 J/m
IZOD impact - unnotched (Method A, 23°C)ASTM D25631 ft-lb/in3.7 ft-lb/in1,656 J/m1,656 J/m
Compressive Strength, Yield (Method 1, 0.05"/min)ASTM D6957,400 psi7,900 psi51 MPa51 MPa
Compressive Strength, Ultimate (Method 1, 0.05"/min)ASTM D69524,200 psi800 psi167 MPa167 MPa
Compressive Modulus (Method 1, 0.05"/min)ASTM D695730,000 psi155,000 psi5,033 MPa5,033 MPa

Nylon 12 Mechanical Properties Unconditioned (Dry)**

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 D6389.50%5%9.50%5%
Elongation at Yield (Type 1, 0.125", 0.2"/min)ASTM D6386.50%5%6.50%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

Nylon 12 Thermal Properties

Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 66 psi annealedASTM D648207°F97°C
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 66 psi unannealedASTM D649167°F75°C
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 264 psi annealedASTM D650180°F82°C
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 264 psi unannealedASTM D651131°F55°C
Melting Point---------------352°F178°C

Nylon 12 Other

Specific GravityASTM D7921
Flame ClassificationUL94HB
UL File Number- - - - - - - - -E345258

Nylon 12 System Availability

Fortus 360mc
Fortus 380mc
Fortus 400mc
Fortus 450mc
Fortus 900mc
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

The information presented are typical values intended for reference and comparison purposes only. They should not be used for design specifications or quality control purposes. End-use material performance can be impacted (+/-) by, but not limited to, part design, end-use conditions, test conditions, etc. Actual values will vary with build conditions. Tested parts were built on Fortus 400mc @ 0.010” (0.254 mm) slice. Product specifications are subject to change without notice.

The performance characteristics of these materials may vary according to application, operating conditions, or end use. Each user is responsible for determining that the Stratasys material is safe, lawful, and technically suitable for the intended application, as well as for identifying the proper disposal (or recycling) method consistent with applicable environmental laws and regulations. Stratasys makes no warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, but not limited to, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a
particular use, or warranty against patent infringement.

1. Literature value unless otherwise noted.

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