Plastic Properties of Nylon (Polyamide)

Nylon (Polyamide), invented in 1928 by Wallace Carothers (DuPont) is considered to be the first engineering thermoplastic. It is one of many heterochain thermoplastics which has atoms other than C in the chain. Nylon is created when a condensation reaction occurs between amino acids, dibasic acids and diamines. Commercially Nylon is commonly used in the production of tire cords, rope, belts, filter cloths, sports equipment and bristles. It is particularly useful when machined into bearings, gears, rollers and thread guides. Dynalab Corp's plastic fabrication shop fabricates thousands of catalog and custom Nylon products.

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9192 Series Polyamide spatula / spoon Nylon bearings

These polyamide spatulas are glass fiber reinforced and are available in double spatula or a spatula spoon combination style. Polyamide is a very strong material with good chemical resistance against solvents, but it is easily attacked by acids and oxidizing agents.  

Hinge bearings, bushings and pulley sheves machined out of various colors of nylon.

Nylon Resistance:

Nylon Quick Facts:

  • Excellent resistance (no attack) to Oils, Bases and THF
  • Good resistance (no attack) to Solvents, Formaldehyde and Alcohols
  • Limited resistance (moderate attack and suitable for short term use only) to Dilute Acids
  • Poor resistance (not recommended for use with) Phenols, Alkalis, Iodine and Acids
  • Maximum Temperature: 210°F 99°C
  • Minimum Temperature: -94°F -70°C 
  • Autoclavable: No
  • Melting Point: 420°F 216°C
  • Tensile Strength: 5,800 psi
  • Hardness: R92
  • UV Resistance: Good
  • Translucent
  • Rigid
  • Specific Gravity: 1.13

Nylon Fabrication:

Additional Information

  • Excellent material for machining
  • Tough, strong, and impact resistant material
  • Very low coefficient of friction
  • Abrasion resistant
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Additional Plastic Properties

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