Being a solid material, polyamide powder has the attractive feature of being self-supporting for the generated product sections. This makes support structure redundant. Polyamide allows the production of fully functional prototypes or end-use parts with high mechanical and thermal resistance. Polyamide parts have excellent long-term stability and are resistant against most chemicals. They can be made watertight by impregnation. The PA material used by Materialise is certified as biocompatible and food-safe under certain conditions.

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Technical Specifications

Standard lead time Minimum of 4 working days, depending on part size, number of components and finishing degrees (offline orders)
5 working days (online orders)
2 working days (Fast lane orders)
Standard accuracy ±0.3% (with lower limit on ±0.3 mm)
Layer thickness 0.12 mm
Minimum wall thickness 1 mm, but living hinges are possible at 0.3 mm
Minimum detail 0.3 mm
Minimum clearance 0.6 mm between parts that need to be assembled
0.5 –  0.6 mm between shells of an interlocking part
Maximum part dimensions 630 x 330 x 550 mm (online & offline orders)
200 x 100 x 100 mm (Fast lane orders)
Interlocking or enclosed parts? Yes
Surface structure Unfinished parts typically have a grainy surface but all kinds of fine finishes are possible. PA 12 parts can be sandblasted, colored/impregnated, painted, covered and coated.


Density 0.95 ±0.03 g/cm³  
Tensile Strength 48 ±3 MPa DIN EN ISO527
Tensile Modulus 1650 MPa DIN EN ISO527
Flexural Strength 41 MPa D790
Elongation at Break 20 ±5% DIN EN ISO527
Flexural Modulus 1500 N/mm² DIN EN ISO178
Charpy – Impact strength 53 ±3.8 kJ/m² DIN EN ISO179
Charpy – Notched Impact Strength 4.8 ±0.3 kJ/m² DIN EN ISO179
Izod - Notched Impact Strength 4.4 ±0.4 kJ/m² DIN EN ISO180
Ball Indentation Hardness 77.6 ±2 DIN EN ISO2039
Shore D/A-hardness D75 ±2 DIN 53505
Heat Deflection Temperature 86°C ASTM D648
@ 1.82MPa

Actual values may vary with build condition

How Does Laser Sintering Work?

Laser Sintering is a laser-based technology that uses solid powder materials, typically plastics. A computer-controlled laser beam selectively binds together particles in the powder bed, by raising the powder temperature above the glass transition point after which adjacent particles flow together. As the powder is self-supporting, no support structures are necessary.

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