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PA for the production of strong and durable parts resistance to chemicals and abrasion.

Essentium offers numerous innovative technical filaments, mostly polymers and blends designed for exceptional strength, flexibility and high mechanical performance in the most challenging industrial settings, including aerospace and defense, automotive, biomedical, contract manufacturing, consumer goods, and electronic manufacturing. One of the materials from the Essentium portfolio is the Essentium PA, based on a BASF formula.

Essentium PA (nylon) is characterized by exceptional strength, durability and stiffness with a slight amount of inherent flex. In addition to these qualities, Essentium PA exhibits great resistance to abrasion and cuts, which makes the parts 3D printed with it "nearly indestructible" according to the manufacturer. As is typical of nylon filaments, the Essentium PA also demonstrates excellent resistance to fuels, solvents and hydrocarbons.

These excellent mechanical and chemical properties of the Essentium PA in combination with its great behavior in abrasive environments make this filament ideal for applications where the 3D printed part will be subjected to constant and prolonged wear, hostile chemicals and continuous mechanican strain. Some potential applications for Essentium PA are mechanisms, low-friction bearings, thrust washers or automotive parts in general.

Tensile strength (MPa) 55
Tensile modulus (MPa) 2180
Flexural strength (MPa) 73
Flexural modulus (MPa) 1749
Softening temperature (ºC) 82
Abrasion resistance Abrasion resistance
Chemical resistance Chemical resistance

The recommended printing temperature for the Essentium PA filament is 245-265 ºC and the optimal bed temperature is 85-100 ºC. It is advised to print this filament on a 3D printer with a closed chamber (20-25 ºC) if possible in order to prevent the part from warping due to temperature differences. The manufacturer recommends printing this material on a glass surface with some kind of adhesion solution applied, for example Magigoo PA or Kapton Tape. The user should always wear protective equipment when handling the Essentium PA filament and the printing environment should be properly ventilated.

Nylon is a hygroscopic material, which means that if it is not stored correctly, it will absorb moisture from the environment. This will lead to failed prints, extrusion issues and surface imperfections on the 3D printed part. In order to avoid those complications, the Essentium PA filament should be stored in a dry environment, preferably in a sealed bag with a desiccant capsule, in a vacuum sealed container or a drying case. If the filament absorbs too much moisture, it should be dried, for example in the PrintDry filament dryer.

General information
Manufacturer Essentium
Material PA
Format Spool of 750g
Density 1.12 g/cm3
Diameter of filament 1.75 or 2.85 mm
Diameter tolerance -
±259.8 m (Ø 1.75 mm-0.75 Kg)
±98 m  (Ø 2.85 mm-0.75 Kg)
Color Natural
RAL/Pantone  -
Print settings
Printing temperature 245-265 ºC
Print bed temperature 85-100 ºC
Chamber temperature 20-25 ºC
Cooling fan -
Printing speed -
Mechanical properties
Izod impact strength  -
Charpy impact strength -
Elongation at break  -
Tensile strength (ASTM D638) XY 49 MPa
YX 47 MPa
ZX 24 MPa
Tensile Modulus (ASTM D638) XY 1954 MPa
YX 1871 MPa
ZX 1638 MPa
Flexural strength (ASTM D790) XY 58 MPa
YX 32 MPa
ZX 44 MPa
Flexural modulus (ASTM D790) XY 1506 MPa
YX 877MPa
ZX 1097 MPa
Thermal properties
Softening temperature (ASTM D648) 82 ºC
Melting temperature (ISO 3164) 189 ºC
Additional Information
HS Code 3916.9
Spool Diameter (outer) -
Spool Diameter (inner hole) -
Spool Width -

* The typical values detailed in this table should be considered as a reference. Actual values may vary depending on the 3D printer model used, part design and printing conditions. We recommend confirming the results and final properties with own tests. For more information you should consult the technical data sheet of the product.


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