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How to 3D Print with Nylon Filament

Nylon filaments for desktop 3d printing have risen to prominence in recent years with our industrial clients because they provide superior toughness compared to plastics.  Nylons are also becoming quite popular with everyday makers because the filaments are easy to use and many 3d printers are now released with capabilities to run nylon.
If you need extra strong parts that can withstand large amounts of pressure, are heat resistant, chemical resistant and perform well in harsh conditions, then nylon is a better material to print with than PLA or ABS.
We recommend that you pay close attention to your extruder temperature and if you're noticing any layer bonding issues then you should increase your temperature by approximately 5 degrees.  Nylons can print all the way up to 275C, so don't be afraid to turn the temperature up a bit if the material isn't bonding well.
  There are a lot of nylons on the market but we work with one brand.  Taulman nylons are trusted by America's leading industrial giants and research universities, and we're not in the business of messing around with inferior options. Choose from a bunch of nylon options below - all made in America -  and reach out to us with any questions on using the materials properly.  We're here to help your prints come out perfectly.

Nylon Bridge

nylon bridge 3d printer filament
Nylon Bridge is the perfect starter nylon filament because it's easy to use, strong enough to get the job done and is fairly cheap as far as filament goes.  It provides extra durability and prints well between 250-265C.  Nylon Bridge is available in natural color 1.75mm and 3mm, and also in black 1.75mm and 3mm.

Extruder Temperature Range: 250-265C

Bed Temperature Range: 45-60C

Material for Print Bed: Coat of PVA glue stick

Retraction Setting: 3-4mm

Nylon 645

nylon 645 3d printer filament

Quickly becoming one of the most trusted nylon filaments used in 3d printing, Nylon 645 is a non-destructive material with chemical resistance properties.  If you need a material that can withstand a lot of pressure, chemical contact or sand blasting, 645 is it.  Nylon 645 is available in 1.75mm and 3mm.

Extruder Temperature Range: 250-255C

Bed Temperature Range: 45-60C

Material for Print Bed: Coat of PVA glue stick

Retraction Setting: 3-4mm

Nylon 230

Nylon 230

Another affordable, easy to use nylon filament which produces stronger parts than ABS or PLA.  Notably, Nylon 230 prints at lower temperatures (~230C) than other nylons, which is helpful if your printer's extruder doesn't have a high temperature range.  Nylon 230 is available in 1.75mm and 3mm.
Extruder Temperature Range: 230-235C
Bed Temperature Range: 45-60C
Material for Print Bed: Coat of PVA glue stick
Retraction Setting: 3-4mm

Nylon 680

nylon 680 3d printer filament

A nylon material designed specifically to be FDA compliant for food and beverage contact.  If you're designing utensils, cups, beverage or food containers, Nylon 680 is a strong, dishwasher safe material to print with.  Nylon 680 is available in 1.75mm and 3mm.
Extruder Temperature Range: 250-255C
Bed Temperature Range: 45-60C
Material for Print Bed: Coat of PVA glue stick
Retraction Setting: 3-4mm