3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has expanded its PlasticJet Printing materials to include a new Nylon for the company’s flagship CubePro® 3D printers. This engineering-grade performance material was developed for CubePro , bringing strength, flexibility and unparalleled durability to desktop production of functional parts for design, testing and small-scale manufacturing. Engineered with a blend that includes Nylon 6 and compatible with InfinityTM Rinse-Away water-soluble support material, Nylon for CubePro saves valuable design and process time and enables 3D printing of complex, articulated and fully assembled end-use parts.
- Tough, smooth and flexible for lighter weight, higher impact parts
- Enables short-run manufacturing of durable parts for small business
- Compatible with InfinityTM Rinse-Away water-soluble support for
printing complex geometries and articulated parts
- Immediately available for CubePro 3D printers
Nylon for Cube Pro is delivered in a new Smart Cartridge that is equipped with a hydroscopic seal extending the material’s shelf life for up to 12 months. Nylon cartridges are priced at $149 each, and are available immediately on Cubify and through select distributors. Combining Nylon with InfinityTM Rinse-Away support inside the CubePro’s climate controlled chamber delivers the highest quality professional desktop 3D printing output every time.
Watch the Nylon Material Testing Grounds video to see the engineering-grade properties of this material put to the test.
Luke Schantz, Technologist at SoftLayer:
“When prototyping my custom-built, visual effects robot I knew ABS would be strong enough for some fit testing; but when it got to doing the real work, the functional testing and ongoing use, I needed the strength and endurance that Nylon delivers. I’ve used a lot of desktop 3D printers and a mix of materials on the market, but CubePro with Nylon is a product-material combination that is unmatched in performance.”
Beyond functional prototyping and test parts, Nylon’s strength and durability, combined with its smooth surface finish, allows CubePro owners to transform their desktop 3D printer into an economic tool for low volume,
high value direct-manufacturing. For example, small businesses can readily produce several hundred precision parts to satisfy their monthly sales requirements using a bank of CubePro printers as an affordable flexible manufacturing cell.
Peter Theran, Vice President, Global Consumer Products, 3DS:
“We are thrilled to offer this long-awaited material to our core, desktop user base, empowering engineers, small businesses and start-ups alike with the most durable and high performing material for PlasticJet Printing. Nylon for CubePro takes desktop 3D printing where it’s never gone before: into direct-manufacturing and end-use part production.”
Nylon for CubePro:
STRENGTH + FLEXIBILITY + DURABILITY: Print stronger, flexible and long lasting prints:
- Tensile Strength: 4,785 psi (pounds per square inch), with flexibility of a dog bone-like shape of 1/8th inch thick, 1⁄2 inch wide
- Elongation at break value: 22 %, meaning 1 inch can stretch to 1.22 inches
- Strength-to-weight ratio: 174 psi, for light and strong parts with honeycomb infill structure
- Tensile Modulus: 248,005 psi
- Flexural strength: 8,270 psi
- Hardness, Shore D: 75 via needle penetration, meaning Nylon is as hard as a hardhat
QUALITY: Nylon’s strength and durability gives prints a smooth surface finish, ideal for parts requiring load bearing, base strength.
MATERIAL MEMORY: Tough as nails with flexibility enables Nylon prints to snap back to original form, adding both form and function to 3D prints with Nylon.