Nylon Glass 3D Printer Filament is Filamatrix’s glass fiber-filled nylon, which boasts some of the highest physical properties available in the industry. Impact strength is where Nylon Glass really stands out, while still maintaining very high stiffness, tensile strength, and heat deflection temperature (HDT). Glass-filled nylon filament is similar to Nylon Carbon Fiber in many high strength, high stiffness applications, but also works very well in parts that will experience repeated shock due to its higher impact strength.
Glass is an abrasive material, so as the filament is extruded those abrasive fibers will start to wear the nozzle. This will quickly become apparent with a regular nozzle as the quality of the print becomes worse. As the nozzle wears from the inside, the inner diameter will become rough and increase in size, and the tip of the nozzle will also be worn flat as it moves across the printed object. While our testing has shown a significant reduction in nozzle wear with our Nylon Glass Fiber, it will still rapidly wear out a brass nozzle. Hardened nozzles are highly recommended for this filament.
Nylon materials inherently take up moisture from the surrounding atmosphere due to the nature of their chemistry. When most polymers are extruded with high moisture content, the chains in the polymer will break. When this happens, you may notice a change in viscosity and melt strength of the melted polymer. An obvious sign of your nylon being too wet is popping noises as the material is extruded, as this is the moisture in the material vaporizing. All nylon materials are shipped in vacuum-sealed bags to prevent moisture uptake during shipping and storage.
Nylon Glass Fiber Filament is proudly made in the USA to the tightest diameter tolerance on the market. Filamatrix filaments are designed and developed by engineers with 50+ years of experience in plastic extrusion. All Filamatrix products are repeatedly tested for color uniformity and physical properties through an in-house print lab, consisting of numerous printer manufacturers. Physical properties of printed test bars are checked by a certified outside lab.
- Recommended nozzle temperature: 245 – 265 °C
- Recommended bed temperature: 60 – 80 °C
- Recommended drying temperature: 75 °C
TIPS FOR OPTIMAL PRINTING
- A variety of build surfaces (glass, Garolite, PEI, etc.) may be used.
- Nylon is moisture sensitive; measures should be taken to keep the filament dry.
- Hardened nozzles are highly recommended, as glass fiber is abrasive.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT DRYING
- All 3D printer filaments are at least somewhat prone to absorbing water (hydroscopic)
- Standard Nylon variants (Nylon, Nylon Carbon Fiber, Nylon Kevlar, Nylon Glass) absorb moisture very quickly
- The effects of moisture may be noticeable within hours of unsealing the spool
- Indications of moisture problems include popping or spitting when printing and stringy prints
- Drying may be done in a dedicated filament dryer, oven, or food dehydrator
- For casual to moderate printers we recommend this product (Opens in new window. No compensation is received.)
- For Nylon Glass, dry six to twelve hours at 75° C (165° F)