PolyMide™ is a family of Nylon/polyamide based filaments. Produced with Polymaker’s Warp-Free™ technology, PolyMide™ filaments deliver engineering properties intrinsic to Nylon and ease of printing. PolyMide™ CoPA is based on a copolymer of Nylon 6 and Nylon 6,6. The filament combines excellent strength, toughness, and heat resistance of up to 180˚C.
We recommend that this material be used with the PolyBox™ to keep it at dry conditions (relative humidity of 15% or less) at all times to maintain the best printing results.
PolyMide™ CoPA features Warp-free technology
Warp-Free™ - Warp-Free™ technology enables the production of Nylon-based filaments that can be 3D printed with excellent dimensional stability and near-zero warpage. This is achieved by the fine control of microstructure and crystallization behaviour of Nylon, which enables the material to fully release the internal stress before solidification. The Warp-Free™ technology in PolyMide™ CoPA is designed to work best with minimal bed temperatures.
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Excellent Toughness - The outstanding mechanical strength and toughness makes PolyMide™ CoPA an excellent choice for engineering based applications.
Excellent Heat Resistance - With a high softening temperature of up to 180 °C, PolyMide™ CoPA is one of the most heat resistant 3D printing materials on the market.
Improved Printability – Unlike many other Nylon filaments, PolyMide™ CoPA is extremely easy to work with, exhibiting excellent dimensional stability when compared to other nylon filaments. It is compatible with most filament-based 3D printers with no heated bed or chamber required!
Wear Resistant - Parts printed in PolyMide™ CoPA display excellent wear resistance.
Uncompromised Quality - Polymakers leading quality control process and rigorous in-house testing ensure reliable printing and consistency across spools and batches.
To learn more about PolyMide™ CoPA, click the "Why people are using it", "Quality & Technologies" and "Specifications & FAQ" tabs.
Nylon also known as Polyamide (PA) is one of the most popular engineering grade plastics used across a wide range of industries. There are many Nylon materials; Nylon 6 (PA6), Nylon 12 (PA12), Nylon 66 (PA66) to name a few, but generally Nylon offers:
- Excellent toughness
- High heat resistance
- Excellent wear resistance.
Most brands of Nylon filament can be very difficult to print, significantly warping and requiring specialty print surfaces to print.... but not PolyMide™ CoPA!
With Polymakers Warp-free™ technology, PolyMide™ CoPA is recognized as one of the easiest if not the most user friendly nylon filament on the market while still exhibiting excellent mechanical performance without compromise. Users around the world have taken advantage of this technology to print their engineering parts at large scales which in other materials would require an industrial 3D printer. One of the best examples of PolyMide™ CoPA's superior dimensional stability is Tongji Universities 3d printed Eco-Car.
By 3D printing using PolyMide™ CoPA, Tongji Universities ZEAL team could design and print the shell of their car to reduce air resistance and control the weight with different infil. 3D printing projects at this scale with other engineering grade materials like ABS, ASA, PC or other Nylon brands can be difficult without expensive industrial 3D printers.
After a short annealing process parts printed in PolyMide™ CoPA can handle high temperatures up to 180°C. Custom Import Arts are a sports car tuning company taking advantage of these properties by printing custom fixtures and intakes that withstand the high heat and pressures involved in and around the engine. This air intake for a custom race modified Honda NSX is printed in 6 parts on a mid range desktop 3D printer, assembled, sanded and painted. The roof mounted intake delivers high volumes of air into the rear engined sports car
PolyMide™ CoPA is a long-wearing plastic, excellent for applications requiring durability or a low co-efficient of friction like gears, rollers and more!
PolyMide™ CoPA prints with excellent inter-layer adhesion and users with a dual extrusion 3D printer can print with Polymakers PolyDissolve™ S1, a dedicated support material engineered to deliver water dissolvable supports with perfect interfacing and improved part surface quality. PolyDissolve™ S1 is compatible with a wide range of material types and Polymaker filaments.
Polymaker is an international team passionate about 3D printing. They produce the very best 3D printing materials by controlling every stage of production. With a diverse portfolio of materials ranging from high performance plastics to unique aesthetic solutions, Polymaker will continue to add cutting edge materials to its ever-growing portfolio.
At the core of Polymaker is their research & development laboratory, this is where all Polymakers materials are formulated and fine-tuned from the ground up to create the best in class 3D printing materials. Our precision testing equipment combines the latest advancements in technology to ensure they are ahead of the game.
Nylon is one of the most popular engineering materials in the manufacturing world, its excellent mechanical and thermal properties has helped Nylon infiltrate a variety of industries. In the additive manufacturing world, Nylon materials haven’t been as popular as they have a tendency to warp when 3D Printed. Warping is a common issue when printing higher temperature filaments (ABS, PC) without the right temperature requirements however unlike ABS and PC, the reason Nylon warps is related to crystallization rate and thus the warping is not easily controlled or prevented with printer settings / heated environments.
To combat this effect Polymaker have developed Warp-Free™ technology. The secret behind this technology is the fine controlling of the materials microstructure and the crystallization behaviour of the polymer chains. This effect results in all the internal stress that’s caused when printing to be fully released before solidification. This allows users to print on a cold bed; creating a printed part with superior flatness.
Please note this technology works best with minimal bed temperatures, Polymaker have developed the Warp-Free™ technology so users can effectively print with improved reliability without requiring an industrial 3D printer. Printing PolyMide™ CoPA with a high temperature heated bed or heated chamber is not recommended as the kinetic energy will cause parts to crystallize faster during printing, circumventing the technology and sometimes resulting in warping.
Industry Leading Quality Control
PolyMide™ CoPA like all other Polymaker materials is manufactured using state-of-the-art polymer processing technologies and equipment. Polymakers rigorous quality control process ensures industrial standards of reliability for a consistent customer experience.
Tolerance: Polymakers custom developed extrusion, control and monitoring solutions ensure filament tolerance and roundness meet Polymakers strict quality standards.
Reliable Mechanical, Colouring & Printing Properties: Every batch of filament products are tested to ensure all quality specs (melt flow, softening point, mechanical, diameter, round-ness) are met.
Drying & Vacuum Sealing: Before packaging, PolyMide™ CoPA is dried to a moisture level <0.05w% to ensure the best printing quality and filaments are vacuum sealed to protect the filament from moisture. All vacuum packaged products are left for 24 hours before boxing to ensure they are leak-free.
Transparent Spool: PolyMide™ CoPA is wound on Polymakers 750g transparent spools. With the transparent spool, it is easy to see exactly how much filament is left for your next printing project.
Resealable Aluminium Foil Bag: PolyMide™ CoPA is packaged in a vacuum sealed aluminium foil resealable bag to ensure your filament is moisture free. Like all other Nylon based filaments, PolyMide™ CoPA is hygroscopic so we recommend keeping this bag for filament storage.
||250˚C - 270˚C
|Build Surface Material
||Almost any surface (I.e Glass, Buildtak etc.)
|Build Surface Treatment
||PVA glue or Magigoo PA applied to the build surface
|Build plate temperature
||25˚C – 50˚C
|Recommended support material (optional)
Note: Based on 0.4 mm nozzle and Simplify 3D v.3.1. Printing conditions may vary with different printers and nozzle diameters
For other tips printing PolyMide™ CoPA, click to read our starters guide to 3d printing most filament types.
PolyMide™ CoPA printed parts should be annealed in an oven after printing to maximize mechanical performance and heat resistance.
In some rare cases with fine or thin geometries, different annealing instructions or design considerations may be required for the best results.
Storage & Drying:
Before packaging, PolyMide™ CoPA is dried to ensure the best printing quality and filaments are vacuum sealed to protect the filament from moisture. When not in use PolyMide™ CoPA should be stored away from sunlight in the packaged resealable bag.
Nylon 6 and 66 are hygroscopic so it is highly recommended to store PolyMide™ CoPA in the PolyBox™ or a dry cabinet during printing to prevent moisture absorption which will lower the quality of the print. The PolyBox™ keeps the filament at dry conditions (relative humidity of 15% or less).
If you hear popping sounds and notice that the surface quality of your print is uneven or the color is not consistent, this is a likely indicator that the filament has absorbed too much moisture. Spools of PolyMide™ CoPA can be dried in a preheated convection oven at 80˚C for up to 12 hours. Results may vary depending on the accuracy of your oven so please be conservative. For more information about filament drying please read our user guide.
Mechanical Properties (Dry State)
Young’s modulus: 2223 ± 199 (MPa)
Tensile strength: 66.2 ± 0.9 (MPa)
Bending strength: 97.0 ± 1.1 (MPa)
Charpy impact strength: 9.6 ± 1.4 (kJ/m2)
Mechanical Properties (Moisture Conditioned)
Young’s modulus: 1053 ± 235 (MPa)
Tensile strength: 31.4 ± 1.5 (MPa)
Bending strength: 41.6 ± 11.6 (MPa)
Charpy impact strength: 17.2 ± 1.4 (kJ/m2)
Glass transition temperature: 67 °C
Vicat Softening temperature: 180 °C
Melting Temperature: 190 °C
Note: All specimens were annealed prior to testing.
We have full safety data sheets and technical data sheets for PolyMide™ CoPA and all other Polymaker products. Contact us to enquire!
The typical values presented in Polymakers data sheet are intended for reference and comparison purposes only. Due to the nature of 3D printing they should not be used for design specifications or quality control purposes.
PolyMide™ CoPA has been engineered so users can print tough Nylon parts with superior flatness and reliability.
Of course with thousands of unique 3d printer models on the market, we can't guarantee each filament type will work with every 3D printer.
Q: How well does Polymakers Warp-Free™ technology perform?
A: With Polymakers Warp-Free technology, more users can effectively print CoPA with better dimensional stability than comparative nylon products. This technology works best when printing with low bed/chamber temperatures. Because the warping behavior of Nylon materials is partially related to its crystallization rate while printing. If a user does print with a high temperature heated bed or chamber, the heat will increase the crystallization rate and cause a part to warp.
Q: Is annealing PolyMide CoPA required?
A: After printing, annealing PolyMide™ CoPA prints will ensure the highest degree of crystallinity. This is a recommended step as it allows end users to get the best properties and performance from their parts. PolyMide™ CoPA can be annealed in a convection oven at 90˚C for 2 hours. Of course annealing may not be required for applications that don't require the best thermal or mechanical properties. In some rare cases with fine or thin geometries, different annealing instructions or design considerations may be required for the best results.
Q: Will this filament absorb moisture?
A: Yes, Polyamides are hygroscopic, meaning that they absorb moisture from the air. We recommend keeping your spool of PolyMide™ CoPA dry as moisture can significantly reduce mechanical properties and cause print defects such as oozing and poor surface quality. To manage moisture absorption in your filaments, it is recommended to use the PolyBox™ which provides a stable, low level humidity storage solution for filaments during and in-between printing. If PolyMide™ CoPA appears to have absorbed too much moisture, they can be dried in a preheated convection oven for 12 hours at 80˚C.
Q: What support materials can I use with this product?
A: Polymaker’s PolyDissolve™ S1 filament is the recommended support filament for PolyMide™ CoPA. If support material is required for a print, it is recommended to monitor print settings and quality for oozing and stringing; as this can dramatically affect the mechanical properties of the print. Self-support can also be used however, it is important to remove the support structures straight after printing, as prolonged exposure to atmospheric humidity can cause the support to strongly adhere to the printed part.
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