Nylon a popular family of synthetic polymers, that are used in many industrial applications. Compared to most other 3D printer filament types. This filament ranks as the number one contender when together considering strength, flexibility, and durability.
Another unique characteristic of this filament is that you can dye it, either before or after the printing process. The negative side to this is that it is hygroscopic just like PETG, meaning it will absorb moisture, so remember to store it in a cool, dry place.
To dry your nylon, you can buy a specialized filament dryer or follow our DIY filament dryer article.
.3D Printer Filament Properties:
- Strength: High | Flexibility: High | Durability: High
- Difficulty to use: Medium
- Print temperature: 240°C – 260°C
- Print bed temperature: 70°C – 100°C
- Shrinkage/warping: Considerable
- Soluble: No
- Food safety: Refer to manufacturer guidelines
When should I use Nylon?
It is good for strength, flexibility, and durability you can use this filament type to create tools, functional prototypes, or mechanical parts (like hinges, buckles, or gears). It also self lubricates so it is excellent for moving parts.