So in the past few months 3d printing wheel pulleys has become a much more relevant topic. Ever since we started ABS has been the go to, but Nylon Filament has been a much more talked about option. So, I ordered a roll of Nylon 645 and a roll of Armadillo filament from NinjaTek (well know for NinjaFlex Filament). I did some research and had some extra time to do a test print of Nylon. Here are the surprisingly good results using the Original Prusa i3.
So, they next step is to print a pulley and see what the results are like. I am sure they will be really really good. The nylon prints just like PLA, but with some different temperatures. I will let you know the results.
Now for the Armidillo Filament. It is meant for extreme abrasion resistance. In the description it says it is meant for industrial gears (enough said). It also says the Nylon filament is 30% stronger than ABS and the Armidillo is 90% stronger (and more abrasion resistant) than Nylon, making it 120% stronger than ABS. I also got a roll for science purposes. I will of course let you know the results, I have a print going right now.
I have also printed multiple pulleys for forum members so let me know if you need any printed. I also had a few of you contact me about printing Nylon Pulleys, but said I was not comfortable doing it because I have never printed with it before. But I will now be happy to print them for you, just drop me a PM.
So what are your thoughts? Should Nylon be the new standard for pulleys? Is Armidillo filament overkill?