A Filamatrix exclusive – and Tough As Nails! We’re proud of our Kevlar-filled nylon filament that delivers high abrasion resistance, heat resistance, high tensile strength, and extreme toughness. This Kevlar filament is ideal for repeat-use parts that require strength and will see a lot of wear and tear.
Filamatrix’s Nylon Kevlar is a first-of-its-kind product that infuses aramid fibers into the filament. With this unique formulation, users can expect all the great attributes associated with ordinary nylon: toughness, durability, tensile strength, and heat resistance. We combine these traits with the easy printing of Filamatrix’s Phoenix filament and then get the added benefit of further increased part wear. These properties make Nylon Kevlar Filament ideal for many objects where you might typically consider using nylon, such as Phoenix, but want more durability for repeat use parts like hinges and gears.
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 Kevlar 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: 240 – 270 °C
- Recommended bed temperature: 55 – 85 °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 Kevlar 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 Kevlar, dry eight to twelve hours at 75° C (165° F)