Makerbot introduces Nylon 12 Carbon fibre

Makerbot has announced a new material for its Method and Method X 3D printers. Nylon 12 Carbon Fibre is a composite material and requires the printers be fitted with Makerbot’s Composite Extruder.

This bracket was printed with Makerbot’s Nylon 12 carbon fibre on a Method 3D printer.

This new Nylon 12 Carbon Fibre is a resilient carbon fibre-reinforced nylon optimized for high strength and stiffness. Makerbot says that it offers strong physical and thermal properties, and that it can be used as an alternative to metal parts in some applications. 

This material has a nylon 12 base polymer and is able to absorb less moisture than nylon 6/66 so that it offers better performance where there is moisture. It offers a tensile modulus of 6000 MPa so that it is suitable for applications that require parts to hold their form with minimal flex, such as automotive brackets or inspection gauges. As such it is suitable for functional prototyping and lightweight tooling applications in aerospace, manufacturing, and automotive industries.

The Composite Extruder uses hardened metal drive gears, a metal filament switch and an interchangeable hardened steel nozzle, all of which enable the Method printers to print high-performance materials. These printers also feature a heated chamber that helps to produce strong manufacturing-grade nylon carbon fibre parts.

Nadav Goshen, CEO of MakerBot, explained: “Composite materials are ideal for a range of engineering applications. The MakerBot Nylon 12 Carbon Fibre, in particular, offers manufacturers a cost-effective and lightweight alternative to metal 3D printing due to its high dimensional stability and excellent resistance to cracking under stress.” 

This Nylon 12 Carbon Fibre material should be available from November of this year. You can find further information on the Method printers from makerbot.com.


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