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Polyamide is used in 3D printing in a variety of formats. Polyamide in powder form is used in SLS (Selective Laser Sintering). Printers made by 3D Systems and EOS GmbH use this method to melt polyamide plastic with laser energy.
In wire form in FDM (or fused deposition modelling),the polyamide material is heated until in a liquid state, then extrudes from a nozzle that applies it layer by layer in order to create the desired object. Stratasys and 3D Systems, the two industry leaders, distribute 3D printers for polyamide.
At Sculpteo, we use the most common variety of polyamide, which is PA 2200 or PA12, but there are many other variants of polyamide plastic such as polyamide 11(or nylon 11, PA 11 and French nylon), polyamide 6, polyamide 4.6, polyamide 6.6, polyamide 6.9, polyamide 6.10, polyamide 6.12, polyamide 10.10, and polyamide 10.
There are a variety of uses for Polyamide material in 3D printing, like:
Additionally, it lets you customise your objects printed in 3D.
Polyamide’s properties are comparable to those of alumide, a material made from polyamide and aluminium.
If you want to know everything about this material, don’t hesitate to take a look at our Q&A document on the subject. Also, feel free to compare polyamide to our other materials or see how extraordinary materials are used in 3D printing.
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