The Strength of 3D Printed Nylon

By on August 7th, 2013 in learning, research, video


One material not often used by personal 3D printers is Nylon. It’s a well-known plastic that can be 3D printed by commercial 3D printers and some personal devices, too. What makes nylon so interesting? It’s the strength of the material. Nylon can take quite a bit of stress before breaking. 
In a fascinating video by Shapeways creator Magic2002 Nylon material is tested to the breaking point. Magic2002 markets a RC car frame on Shapeways and it’s critical to determine whether the frame is able to withstand the stresses of actual RC use. 
The test showed that the breaking point of the model was likely far above anything a driver would reasonably experience. Shapeways points out that such testing is essential for anyone attempting to market stress-attracting objects. They’d better not break!

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!