Nylon PA12

Selective Laser Sintering
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Nylon 12 (PA2200) is a high-performance polyamide offering excellent mechanical properties, including high tensile strength, impact resistance, and stiffness, making it suitable for functional prototypes and end-use parts. Nylon 12 offers excellent chemical resistance and can withstand elevated temperatures, making it a versatile material for a wide range of applications in industries such as automotive, aerospace, and consumer goods.

Average Lead Time:

3-5 Business Days

Machines Used: 

EOS P110 Velocis

EOS P396

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Nylon PA12

Material Overview

Nylon 12 (PA2200) is a specific type of polyamide material that is commonly used in additive manufacturing processes, specifically in selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printing. It is known for its exceptional mechanical properties, making it suitable for a variety of applications where durability and strength are crucial. Forge Labs uses EOS high performance nylon powder which offers the industry's best mechanical properties. The raw material is a granular white plastic that can easily be dyed or painted to achieve a range of finishes.

Mechanical Properties

Nylon 12 offers very high tensile strength making it ideal for producing functional prototypes and end-use parts that need to endure mechanical stress and load-bearing requirements. In addition to its strength, Nylon 12 also exhibits excellent impact resistance. It can absorb and dissipate energy effectively, making it suitable for applications where parts may experience sudden shocks or collisions. This property is especially valuable in the automotive industry, where components may encounter dynamic forces during operation. It is is capable of maintaining its shape and resists deformation under applied loads. This property ensures dimensional stability and precision in printed parts. It is particularly advantageous in applications that require accurate geometries or tight tolerances.

Chemical Compatibility

Nylon12 demonstrates excellent thermal and chemical resistance.  It is resistant to many chemicals, oils, and greases, allowing it to withstand exposure to various substances without deteriorating or losing its mechanical properties. This chemical resistance broadens its range of potential applications, including those in contact with corrosive substances.  

Thermal Properties

Nylon 12 can withstand relatively high temperatures without significant loss of its mechanical properties. It has a melting point around 175°C (347°F), making it suitable for applications that require resistance to elevated temperatures, such as under-the-hood automotive components or hot environments.


Nylon 12 is a versatile material that finds applications in multiple industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, and industrial manufacturing. Its combination of high tensile strength, impact resistance, stiffness, chemical resistance, and thermal stability make it a popular choice for producing functional, durable, and reliable 3D-printed parts.


PA 2200 is biocompatible according to EN ISO 10993-1 and USP/Level VI/121 °C.



  • Complex assemblies & lattices
  • Thick wall parts
  • Bio-compatible parts
  • Brackets & enclosures
  • Wear-and-tear parts

Material Characteristics

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