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*
|MECHANICAL PROPERTIES1||TEST METHOD||XZ AXIS (ENG)||ZX AXIS (ENG)||XZ AXIS (METRICS)||ZX AXIS (METRICS)|
|Tensile Strength, Yield (Type 1, 0.125", 0.2"/min)||ASTM D638||4,600 psi||4,100 psi||32 MPa||32 MPa|
|Tensile Strength, Ultimate (Type 1, 0.125", 0.2"/min)||ASTM D638||6,650 psi||5,600 psi||46 MPa||46 MPa|
|Tensile Modulus (Type 1, 0.125", 0.2"/min)||ASTM D638||186,000 psi||165,000 psi||1,282 MPa||1,282 MPa|
|Elongation at Break (Type 1, 0.125", 0.2"/min)||ASTM D638||30%||5.40%||30%||30%|
|Elongation at Yield (Type 1, 0.125", 0.2"/min)||ASTM D638||2.40%||2.70%||2.40%||2.40%|
|Flexural Strength (Method 1, 0.05"/min)||ASTM D790||9,700 psi||8,800 psi||67 MPa||67 MPa|
|Flexural Modulus (Method 1, 0.05"/min)||ASTM D790||185,000 psi||171,000 psi||1,276 MPa||1,276 MPa|
|Flexural Strain at Break||ASTM D790||No Break||>10%||No Break||No Break|
|IZOD impact - notched (Method A, 23°C)||ASTM D256||2.5 ft-lb/in||1 ft-lb/in||135 J/m||135 J/m|
|IZOD impact - unnotched (Method A, 23°C)||ASTM D256||31 ft-lb/in||3.7 ft-lb/in||1,656 J/m||1,656 J/m|
|Compressive Strength, Yield (Method 1, 0.05"/min)||ASTM D695||7,400 psi||7,900 psi||51 MPa||51 MPa|
|Compressive Strength, Ultimate (Method 1, 0.05"/min)||ASTM D695||24,200 psi||800 psi||167 MPa||167 MPa|
|Compressive Modulus (Method 1, 0.05"/min)||ASTM D695||730,000 psi||155,000 psi||5,033 MPa||5,033 MPa|
Nylon 12 Mechanical Properties Unconditioned (Dry)**
|MECHANICAL PROPERTIES||TEST METHOD||XZ AXIS (ENG)||ZX AXIS (ENG)||XZ AXIS (METRICS)||ZX AXIS (METRICS)|
|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||9.50%||5%||9.50%||5%|
|Elongation at Yield (Type 1, 0.125", 0.2"/min)||ASTM D638||6.50%||5%||6.50%||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|
Nylon 12 Thermal Properties
|THERMAL PROPERTIES1||TEST METHOD||ENGLISH||METRIC|
|Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 66 psi annealed||ASTM D648||207°F||97°C|
|Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 66 psi unannealed||ASTM D649||167°F||75°C|
|Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 264 psi annealed||ASTM D650||180°F||82°C|
|Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 264 psi unannealed||ASTM D651||131°F||55°C|
Nylon 12 Other
|Specific Gravity||ASTM D792||1|
|UL File Number||- - - - - - - - -||E345258|
Nylon 12 System Availability
|SYSTEM AVAILABILITY||LAYER THICKNESS CAPABILITY||SUPPORT MATERIAL||COLOR|
|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
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1. Literature value unless otherwise noted.
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