How to print with Ultimaker Nylon

Nylon (polyamide) is widely used by manufacturers to 3D print strong end-use parts and functional prototypes that require durability and abrasion resistance. Ultimaker Nylon is designed to be more reliable and easier to print with than other nylon filaments on the market and features low moisture absorption and good adhesion to the build plate.

Please note that the preconfigured Cura profiles for Ultimaker Nylon have been exclusively developed for the Ultimaker 2+ and Ultimaker 2 Extended+. The instructions on this page are for these 3D printers only. Printing with this material on other Ultimaker 3D printers is at the users risk; it is not supported and it may void the warranty. Always use the latest version of Cura (2.1.3 or higher) and make sure that your 3D printer is updated with the latest firmware version to include the correct material profile for Ultimaker Nylon.

Recommended Settings

Temperatures

Ultimaker Nylon is printed at a build plate temperature of 60 °C. For the best print results, we advise using the following temperatures:

Nozzle diameter (mm) Nozzle temperature (°C)  Build plate temperature (°C)  Print cooling fan speed (%)  
0.252406035
0.42506035
0.62556035
0.82606035

The temperatures listed in the table are used for the Ultimaker 2+ and Ultimaker 2 Extended+. For best results, it is crucial to select the right 3D printer, nozzle diameter and material in Cura. Also, make sure to select the correct material on your Ultimaker 3D printer to automatically use the corresponding temperatures.

Cooling

The recommended regular print cooling fan speed for Ultimaker Nylon is 35%. This ensures optimal form retention and helps avoid problems with layer bonding. For shorter layers with more detail, the print cooling fan speed will gradually increase to 100%.

Cura Adhesion Settings

We recommend the use of a brim in most cases, but a raft for large models. In the preconfigured Cura profiles for Ultimaker Nylon the default platform adhesion type is set to brim for the Ultimaker 3 and raft for the Ultimaker 2+. A raft will put a grid structure between the 3D print and build plate that allows for better adhesion. The raft will additionally lead to a more even distribution of temperature through the initial layers of the 3D print. After the 3D print is finished, the raft can be removed. If the build plate is still warm, removing the raft will be easier. You may alternatively use a brim for adhesion when 3D printing small models.

Adhesion

Ultimaker Nylon sticks well to the build plate. In most instances, extra adhesives are not necessary for a successful print. For even better build plate adhesion, apply a thin layer of glue (included in the accessory box of your 3D printer) to the glass plate.

For more tips on how to improve the build plate adhesion, see this page.

Accessories

Printing with Ultimaker Nylon doesn’t require any additional accessories. However, the Advance 3D Printing Kit includes a package of adhesion sheets for a better build plate adhesion and a door to get more consistent and reliable 3D prints.

Health and Safety

Ultimaker Nylon is safe to print when using the recommended temperature settings listed above. To ensure a comfortable and healthy environment we recommend 3D printing in a well-ventilated area.

For more information, download the safety data sheet for Ultimaker Nylon here.

NOTE: The information provided here applies to Ultimaker Nylon, but may apply to Nylon filaments from other suppliers. The use of Nylon from other suppliers is not covered by the Ultimaker warranty.

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