Glass-Filled Nylon (GF) or PA3200 is a polyamide 12 compound. It is a Nylon composite material with 30% Glass-Filled. It has good mechanical properties coupled with excellent stiffness. GF is often used in applications that require high strength and stiffness, and functional parts.
GF is off-white in color and comes with an inherent grainy finish. Since GF parts are fabricated using Selective Laser Sintering technology, there is no support structure generation, making it suitable for parts which are complex and which have intricate geometries.
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- Strong and rigid
- High stiffness and low abrasive wear
- Good thermal loading capability
- No support structures
- Grainy surface finish
- Slightly dull color
- Best suited for applications requiring high stiffness and low abrasive wear
- Fully functional parts
- Complex and intricate geometries
- Automotive industry
Glass-Filled Nylon is a Nylon reinforced material with excellent stiffness and low abrasive wear characteristics. It is mainly used in applications requiring high strength.
GLASS-FILLED NYLON Design Guidelines
- For a given part geometry, the minimum wall thickness should be at least 1mm.
- For decent strength: 1.2mm.
- For rigid wall: 1.5mm.
Minimum detail size
- The minimum supported feature thickness: At least 0.5 mm.
Moving or interlocking parts
- We recommend a clearance of around 0.5mm on the diameter for moving members fabricated in one single go.
Embossing and Engraving:
- Recommended fonts for a clear, legible text: Arial, Gothic
- Letter strand width: at least 0.6mm
- Embossing height: at least 0.5mm
- Engraving (cavity) depth: at least 0.5mm
- If the length of the wall is greater than 50mm (5 cm), then a minimum wall thickness of 1.5mm should be kept to impart decent strength.
- To remove the unsintered powder, a small aperture needs to be provided. Such an aperture in 3D Printing is called as an escape hole. The diameter of an escape hole should be at least 5mm.
- If the model is complex, multiple escape holes may be needed to remove the entire unsintered powder successfully. In such a scenario, the minimum diameter of the holes can be 3mm.