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Nylon PA12 white

Nylon PA12 White is an engineering-grade plastic which has very similar material properties to the original HP Nylon PA12. The white color makes it easier to dye or paint the pieces in light, bright colors.

Nylon 12 is popular for a wide range of applications because of it's balance of excellent material properties, fine detail and strong structures. 
This versatile plastic is flexible, has high impact resistance, is UV and water resistant, and is certified biocompatible. These qualities make it ideal for a wide range of uses in various industries including automotive, healthcare, consumer goods, and aerospace. This material is ideal for rapid prototyping and small- to medium-volume manufacturing.
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3D printing technology

HP Multi Jet Fusion 5420W

Dimensional accuracy

+/- 0.3% with a lower limit of +/- 0.3 mm

Maximum build size

380 x 285 x 380 mm (14.9" x 11.2" x 14.9")

Key Benefits

  • Robust thermoplastic produces strong, high-density parts with near-isometric properties on x-y and z axes.

  • Engineered to produce functional prototypes and end-use parts with fine detail and dimensional accuracy.

  • Resistant to moisture, greases and hydrocarbons.

  • Oustanding shelf-life stability.

  • Meets biocompatibility certifications including USP Class I-VI and US FDA guidance for Intact Skin Surface Devices.


  • Ideal for white parts like prosthetics, medial equipment, decorative lighting, fashion and wearables, and household appliances.

  • Rapid prototyping and small- to medium-run manufacturing.

  • Complex assemblies, housings, enclosures.

  • Bio-compatible parts.

Design guidelines​

Max build volume

380 x 284 x 380 mm (15 x 11.2 x 15")

Min wall thickness

0.6 mm (flexible), 2 mm (rigid)

Connecting parts

min 0.5 mm between part interface areas

Moving parts

min 0.7 mm between faces of printed assemblies

Emboss / deboss

min 0.5 mm

Design considerations​

  • Thin and long parts, as well as large flat surfaces, may be prone to warping. Consider PA12 Glass Bead as an alternative material for these parts.

  • Consider hollowing or adding internal lattice structure to large solid pieces to improve accuracy and minimize cost. 

  • Hinges, sockets, and linked parts can be integrated into the design. ​

View full design guidelines

Technical Specifications


+/- 0.3% (minimum of +/- 0.3 mm)

Layer thickness

0.08 mm

Tensile breaking load

44 MPa

Modulus of elasticity

1600 MPa

Elongation at break


Flexural modulus

1800 MPa

HDT 0.45 MPa

175º C

Izod impact resistance

3.5 kJ/m²

3D Printing Technology

HP Nylon PA12 white is produced with HP JetFusion 5420W 3D printing technology. This technology is designed to consistently produce high-quality end-use parts with outstanding part quality at a reasonable cost. This technology achieves dimensional accuracy and repeatability that rivals industrial tooling, but faster.

Available Surface Finishes

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Raw (white)

After the part has been printed it is ready for use, but has a powdery look and feel. Best suited for functional prototypes and non-visible parts.

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Cerakote is a thin-film ceramic coating applied to 3D printed parts to improve looks and functionality. A variety of colors are available. 

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A chemical vapor is used to smooth the surface of the part. Vapor smoothing can also enhance material properties and brighten colors when dyeing.

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Material Selection Guide

Not sure which material is the best fit for your project? Use our materials selection guide to compare the material properties and recommended uses for each.

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