What colors and finishes are available for this material?
Natural: This finish has a slightly rough surface and a matte finish.
Processed: This finish removes some material to create a smoother surface.
Premium: This is the smoothest finish, with good scratch resistance.
Smooth: This finish has a smooth surface and slight shine, created using a physio-chemical process to vapor smooth the surface.
Colors: Nylon 12 [Versatile Plastic] is naturally white, but Shapeways can also dye products black, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, or purple. Note: some parts may wear in color over time due to handling.
How long will it take to receive a model in this material?
Production times depend on the model size and chosen finish, but with Priority manufacturing, products usually ship within four to six business days. If you need your product faster, try Rush service available in checkout (some limitations apply). Shipping times will depend on your location and chosen speed.
How is this material made?
Using selective laser sintering (SLS), the Shapeways production team begins with a bed of nylon powder and selectively sinters the powder with a laser, repeating the process layer by layer, and solidifying the powder. Because of this layer by layer process, some products may see a staircase effect.
How can I finish (smooth and dye) the material myself?
It is possible to finish your product yourself for a more customized look. You can smooth, dye, and even coat your products at home. Sandpaper with different grit sizes is recommended to smooth your surface. To create an even smoother surface though, combine sandpaper with a primer.
Learn more about Nylon 12 [Versatile Plastic].