This 4D Filtration resource is user-supported by donations, affiliate links, and/or ads.

Nylon 3D Printing: Printers, Filaments & Properties

Last Updated: June 15th, 2022

To help you get started with Nylon 3D Printing, we have compiled pros/cons, application examples, ideal printers, various filament types, and property graphs.

Nylon is easily one of the most popular 3D printing filaments available, and outside of additive manufacturing, nylon is one of the most used plastics worldwide. With a wide array of properties available, you would be hard pressed to find an application where nylon could be suitable. However, nylon is by no means an entry-level filament. Most nylon filaments require high-temperature printers, the filament absorbs ambient moisture, and the dimensional stability can be compromised by shrinkage and warping.

Table of Contents

Advantages of Nylon:

  • Impact & fatigue resistance
  • High mechanical strength
  • Temperature resistance
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Small friction coefficient

Disadvantages of Nylon:

  • Hygroscopic (absorbs moisture)
  • Strength & rigidity loss in humid environments
  • High printing temperatures
  • Prone to warping
  • High shrinkage

Uses for Nylon

Functional applications for nylon could include gears, screws, nuts, bolts, cable ties, rope, seals, wheels, bearings, electrical connectors, and housings. Nylon is used in consumer applications such as toothbrush bristles, fishing line, tents, rain protection, shoes, furniture, and luggage.

High-Temp FDM 3D Printers for Nylon

Nylon printing temperatures range from 220 to 300°C, but most variants utilize temperatures above 260°C. This requires a printer designed to handle these temperatures and a hotend that is all-metal instead of PTFE-lined.

Qidi X-Plus

$700

Assembly: Fully
Extruder: Direct Drive
Auto-Leveling: Yes
Max Nozzle Temp: 300°C
Max Bed Temp: 100°C
Print Volume: 270mm (L) 200mm (W) 200mm (H)


Qidi X-Plus
AmazonAliExpress

Qidi X-Max

$1,000

Assembly: Fully
Extruder: Direct Drive
Auto-Leveling: Yes
Max Nozzle Temp: 300°C
Max Bed Temp: 100°C
Print Volume: 300mm (L) 250mm (W) 300mm (H)


Qidi X-Max
AmazonAliExpress

Creality Ender 3 S1 Pro

$520

Assembly: Partial
Extruder: Direct Drive
Auto-Leveling: Yes
Max Nozzle Temp: 300°C
Max Bed Temp: 110°C
Print Volume: 220mm (L) 220mm (W) 270mm (H)

S1 vs S1 Pro

Creality Ender 3 S1 Pro
AmazonBanggoodAliExpress

Prusa MK3S

$749/999

Assembly: Kit or Fully
Extruder: Direct Drive
Auto-Leveling: Yes
Max Nozzle Temp: 300°C
Max Bed Temp: 120°C
Print Volume: 210mm (L) 250mm (W) 210mm (H)

Prusa Mini vs MK3S vs XL

Prusa MK3S
Prusa - KitPrusa - Assembled

Types of Nylon Filament

As nylon absorbs moisture from its surroundings, the modulus and strength will decrease. However, it will gain elongation and result in a higher Izod/impact strength.

Nylon 6-66

Nylon 6-66 is a combination of nylon 6 and 66 that is formulated to increase printability, moisture resistance, and dimensional stability. Nylon 6-66 is formed using the monomers caprolactam, hexamethylene diamine, and adipic acid, each containing 6 carbon atoms. Nylon filament will contain additives to optimize properties and increase the ease of printing.

Overture - Nylon 6-66

$35 per kg

Printing Temps: 250-270°C
HDT: 110°C
Tensile Modulus: 2,200 MPa
Tensile Strength: 43-66 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 10%

Overture - Nylon 6-66
OvertureAmazon

Polymaker - Nylon 6-66

$66 per kg

Printing Temps: 250-270°C
HDT: 110°C
Tensile Modulus: 2,200 MPa
Tensile Strength: 43-66 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 10%

Polymaker - Nylon 6-66
PolymakerAmazon

KVP - Nylon 6-66

$60 per kg

Printing Temps: 245-280°C
HDT: n/a
Tensile Modulus: n/a
Tensile Strength: n/a
Fracture Elongation: n/a

KVP - Nylon 6-66
KVP

3DXTech - Nylon 6-66

$68 per kg

Printing Temps: 255-275°C
HDT: 140°C
Tensile Modulus: 2,000 MPa
Tensile Strength: 55 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 10%

3DXTech - Nylon 6-66
3DXTech

Nylon 6

Nylon 6 is often used for textiles, gears, furniture, and firearm components. It is cheaper to produce, more optically vibrant, experiences less shrinkage, has a higher impact resistance, and is more readily recyclable. However, nylon 6 absorbs moisture at a higher rate, has less temperature resistance, is vulnerable to acids, and has less tensile strength and modulus than nylon 66. Nylon 6 is formed using the monomer caprolactam, which contains 6 carbon atoms. 

taulman3D - Nylon 6

$45 per kg

Printing Temps: 230-235°C
HDT: n/a
Tensile Modulus: 73 MPa
Tensile Strength: 34 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 417%

taulman3D - Nylon 6
Amazon

Nylon 66

Nylon 66 is often used for screws, bolts, nuts, bearings, and component housings. It is resistant to acids, has a high temperature resistance, absorbs moisture at a lower rate, and has higher modulus & strength values. Nylon 66 is formed using the monomers hexamethylene diamine and adipic acid, both of which contain 6 carbon atoms. 

Nylon 12

Nylon 12 is often used for packaging films, powder coating metals, insulation material, chemical resistance tubing, and agents in cosmetics. It absorbs the least moisture of all polyamides, has a low density & temperature resistance, and has a lower tensile strength. Nylon 12 is formed using the monomer laurolactam, which contains 12 carbon atoms.

Fiberlogy - Nylon 12

$66 per kg

Printing Temps: 255-270°C
HDT: 135°C
Tensile Modulus: 1400 MPa
Tensile Strength: 51 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 200%

Fiberlogy - Nylon 12
Fiberlogy

Carbon Fiber Nylon

Carbon fiber nylon is ideal for stiff lightweight parts and dimensions stability. Both carbon and glass fiber nylon have high strength, modulus (rigidity), and temperature resistance. However, the rigidity and strength of carbon fiber nylon is typically higher than that of glass fiber nylon.

Polymaker - Nylon 6-CF

$90 per kg

Printing Temps: 280-300°C
HDT: 215°C
Tensile Modulus: 7,400 MPa
Tensile Strength: 68-105 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 3%

Polymaker - Nylon 6-CF
PolymakerAmazon

Polymaker - Nylon 12-CF

$160 per kg

Printing Temps: 260-300°C
HDT: 131°C
Tensile Modulus: 3,300 MPa
Tensile Strength: 43-72 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 3.5%

Polymaker - Nylon 12-CF
PolymakerAmazon

3DXTech - Nylon 6-CF

$100 per kg

Printing Temps: 240-270°C
HDT: 147°C
Tensile Modulus: 3,800 MPa
Tensile Strength: 63 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 3%

3DXTech - Nylon 6-CF
3DXTechAmazon

3DXTech - Nylon 12-CF

$176 per kg

Printing Temps: 265-285°C
HDT: 150°C
Tensile Modulus: 8,000 MPa
Tensile Strength: 72 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 2%

3DXTech - Nylon 12-CF
3DXTech

Fiberlogy - Nylon 12-CF

$115 per kg

Printing Temps: 255-270°C
HDT: 170°C
Tensile Modulus: 7,300 MPa
Tensile Strength: 120 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 5%

Fiberlogy - Nylon 12-CF
Fiberlogy

Fillamentum - Nylon 12-CF

$115 per kg

Printing Temps: 235-260°C
HDT: n/a
Tensile Modulus: 500 MPa
Tensile Strength: 54 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 103%

Fillamentum - Nylon 12-CF
Fillamentum

MatterHackers - Nylon 12-CF

$116 per kg

Printing Temps: 250-265°C
HDT: 155°C
Tensile Modulus: 6,000 MPa
Tensile Strength: 100 MPa
Fracture Elongation: n/a

MatterHackers - Nylon 12-CF
MatterHackers

Glass Fiber Nylon

Glass fiber-filled nylon is cheaper than and maintains more ductility than carbon fiber nylon. Both carbon and glass fiber nylon have high strength, modulus (rigidity), and temperature resistance. However, the HDT of glass fiber nylon is higher than that of carbon fiber nylon.

Polymaker - Nylon 6-GF

$60 per kg

Printing Temps: 280-300°C
HDT: 191°C
Tensile Modulus: 4,400 MPa
Tensile Strength: 61-84 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 3%

Polymaker - Nylon 6-GF
PolymakerAmazon

taulman3D - Nylon GF

$80 per kg

Printing Temps: 250-260°C
HDT: n/a
Tensile Modulus: n/a
Tensile Strength: n/a
Fracture Elongation: 35%

taulman3D - Nylon GF
Amazon

3DXTech - Nylon 6-GF

$104 per kg

Printing Temps: 260-280°C
HDT: 186°C
Tensile Modulus: 4,200 MPa
Tensile Strength: 63 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 6%

3DXTech - Nylon 6-GF
3DXTechAmazon

Fiberlogy - Nylon 12-GF

$115 per kg

Printing Temps: 255-270°C
HDT: 172°C
Tensile Modulus: 3,100 MPa
Tensile Strength: 72 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 8%

Fiberlogy - Nylon 12-GF
Fiberlogy

MatterHackers - Nylon 12-GF

$128 per kg

Printing Temps: 250-260°C
HDT: 160°C
Tensile Modulus: 4,000 MPa
Tensile Strength: 95 MPa
Fracture Elongation: n/a

MatterHackers - Nylon 12-GF
MatterHackers

Specialty Nylon Filament

Nylon filament in this category are unspecified by the manufacturer, copolymer/additive combinations, or exotic fills such as Kevlar.

taulman3D - Bridge Nylon

$50 per kg

Printing Temps: 250-255°C
HDT: n/a
Tensile Modulus: n/a
Tensile Strength: 33 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 248%

taulman3D - Bridge Nylon
Amazon

taulman3D - PCTPE

$60 per kg

Printing Temps: 235-240°C
HDT: n/a
Tensile Modulus: 73 MPa
Tensile Strength: 34 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 497%

taulman3D - PCTPE
Amazon

taulman3D - Nylon 645

$60 per kg

Printing Temps: 250-255°C
HDT: n/a
Tensile Modulus: n/a
Tensile Strength: 36 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 186%

taulman3D - Nylon 645
Amazon

taulman3D - Cast Plate

$80 per kg

Printing Temps: 280-300°C
HDT: 185°C
Tensile Modulus: n/a
Tensile Strength: 92 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 30%

taulman3D - Cast Plate
Amazon

Fillamentum - FX256

$75 per kg

Printing Temps: 235-260°C
HDT: 110°C
Tensile Modulus: 1,400 MPa
Tensile Strength: 45 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 50%

Fillamentum - FX256
Fillamentum

Fillamentum - AF80 Kevlar

$144 per kg

Printing Temps: 235-255°C
HDT: n/a
Tensile Modulus: 500 MPa
Tensile Strength: 50 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 6%

Fillamentum - AF80 Kevlar
Fillamentum

MatterHackers - Nylon

$82 per kg

Printing Temps: 240-260°C
HDT: 102°C
Tensile Modulus: n/a
Tensile Strength: 36 MPa
Fracture Elongation: 34%

MatterHackers - Nylon 6-66
MatterHackers

Properties of Nylon vs various Filament and Resin

Using SLS to Print Nylon

Selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printers can be used to create high-quality parts from nylon - these may be prototypes or for commercial-use.  Like in SLA, the laser in SLS traces the geometry layer by layer, but SLS printers are unique in that they use the laser to melt nylon powder and do not require any support material.

For the Formlabs printers, you can use referral code "FORM3-TOLIZB" to get $500 off on a printer purchase - here's how to redeem it.

Formlabs Fuse 1

$18,500+
($500 Off - FORM3-TOLIZB)
Z Layer Thickness: 0.11mm
Laser Spot Size: 0.2mm
Print Volume: 165mm (L) 165mm (W) 300mm (H)

Formlabs Fuse 1
Formlabs

To compare resin printers, browse resin, and get equipment inspiration visit our Ultimate Resin Guide.

To compare FDM printers via an interactive table, side-by-sides, and in-depth articles.

Application & Safety FAQ answers common questions about resin.

Ventilation Simulations has animations for common DIY venting setups, and Heating Resin Printers during winter provides data for specific heat sources.

Our Resin Print Settings Table has associated images, mixes, and does a resin giveaway.

To browse resin properties and find your ideal strong, durable, flexible, or high-temp resin visit our Resin Properties Table. To find properties of filaments, visit our FDM Properties Table.

Disclaimer: You assume all responsibility and risk for the use of, but not limited to, the resources, advice, and opinions of 4D Filtration or its employees. 4D Filtration or its employees do not assume any liability or create any warranty for the use of any information. 4D Filtration may receive commissions for referral links. Prices are approximated for simplicity and they may fluctuate due to sales or markdowns. Amazon .com should refer you to your local amazon site if you are not in the United States; there is a chance Amazon's link redirect system will take you to a different product.

Back to Resources!Check out our Resin Guide!

Did we miss anything or do you have any information worth an update? Let us know!

Like the resources? Consider supporting us via donation, referral links, or purchases!