PETG VS Nylon – Material Comparison

In this article, we will discuss the differences between PETG and Nylon material.

The content will compare these two types of materials in terms of their properties and suitability for different applications.

Major Differences Between PETG and Nylon

One of the most notable differences between PETG and nylon is the printing temperature.

petg material

PETG can be printed at a higher temperature than nylon, which means it has a larger talent for printing more realistic parts with finer details. It also retains its mechanical properties better at higher temperatures than Nylon does, making it more suitable for products that need to be exposed to heat for some duration like kitchenware.

Some other advantages that PETG has over Nylon are that it doesn't require any post-processing, it's less likely to warp, and also doesn't absorb moisture as Nylon does.

nylon hooks 3d printed

PETG Pros And Cons


  • PETG can withstand higher temperatures than Nylon, which means it's more versatile for 3D printing.
  • Stiff plastic that is easy to print
  • Strong and flexible
  • Harmless due to acrylic paints
  • Looks glossier
  • Should not droop or requires long bridging
  • Protected from moisture absorption


  • Needs a smooth finish
  • PETG material should be printed thicker to make up the strength of Nylon
  • PETG has a lower strength factor than Nylon
  • More prone to shrinking and warping than some other materials
  • Not stick to the printing bed

Nylon Pros And Cons

nylon 3d printing material structure


  • Nylon has a wide range of usages that include textiles, medical applications, and many more
  • Nylon filament is also highly flexible and durable
  • Less likely to bend or wrap
  • Better material rigidity
  • Lack of odor
  • Best used for projects that see a lot of wear and tear or require strength. 
  • Sticks well with other materials
  • Chemical and fire resistant, so it's non corrosive


  • Direction of stress load affect Nylon material strength. Lack dimensional stability
  • High price point
  • Does not absorb water very well
  • First layer of nylon filament can warp easily

Other Materials To Use Besides PETG and Nylon

pla printing bed surface

PLA is a biodegradable thermoplastic made from renewable resources, such as corn starch. ABS is a petroleum-based thermoplastic that is non-biodegradable.

We find many real world use with PLA and ABS such as lego, recycle fork, straws, containers, computer cases, printers, kitchen utensils...and many more.

They are common materials for beginners to start and there are so many resources out there for PLA 3d printing to check out.

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