May 2, 2014

3D printer manufacturer German RepRap announced today the availability of its new nylon-PA6 filament.

Nylon-PA6 filament can be used to print extremely robust and hard-wearing parts using open source 3D printer. Nylon-PA6 is more durable than ABS and has being used by the automobile industry in the fabrication of plastic parts for gears, bearings, fittings etc.

"We have tested the Nylon-PA6 filament extensively on our X400 jumbo 3D printer." notes German RepRap. "Adhesion to the print bed with Kapton tape was excellent. The adhesion strength increased when the extrusion temperature raised. Best results were measured at 260°C. Models printed with Nylon-PA6 were very strong and you gonna need a side cutter to break it. The E-module strength was measured at 2800 MPa."

The Nylon-PA6 filaments are produced in Germany and contains no heavy metals or toxic substances, the company says. The base materials and colouring dye are selected according to FDA and European food regulations. 

Nylon-PA6 is now available in the German RepRap online shop in 1.75mm and 3mm diameter and comes on a spool of 2.1 kg or 750 g. Prices start at 49.95 Euros incl. 19% VAT.

Posted in 3D Printer Materials

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Max wrote at 5/16/2014 9:17:20 AM:

I am seeing this news from different sources like forums and groups. I really wonder why? I am also using Taulmans Nylon from Is it used for heavy duty things like frames and bases?

Caylephoto wrote at 5/4/2014 11:32:49 PM:

Blacks easy to photograph if you are a professional. Commercial/portrait photographer for 15+ years. Not everybody with a camera is a real pro. Sadly is something that's killing my industry. also the reason I'm going back to school for mechanical engineering :). I am curious if what you say about the material is true. Though I like the idea of one off prints made of durable goods. casting is still far better for a final product :)

Peter wrote at 5/3/2014 10:46:06 PM:

non really news, and next month will be coming a new high strong PLA, too similar mechanical characteristic of PA 6.

Stef wrote at 5/2/2014 8:51:03 PM:

Why is it a news worth? 99 % of the Printer Stores selling Nylon for years, but German Reprap didnt added it, but now its a big thing? Use Taulmans Nylon, its cheaper has a FDA Approvement, what do you need that expensive PA6?

jd90 wrote at 5/2/2014 6:45:02 PM:

Their 2.1kg item is listed as weighing 1.00kg. Black is hard to photograph well, but I think the part could have been lit better.

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