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One of the most common industrial plastics used today is Nylon. When it was first introduced to the toothbrush in the last 1930’s, it swiftly caught the attention of engineers and was transformed into into other things such as fabrics. It is chemically composed of byamide bonds, often referred to as polyamide (PA). The intent for this polymer (initially) was to replace silk, which became a scarce fabric during WWII. Today it is engineered into a host of different products and is able to cross fabrication boundaries like no other. This is the case because engineering grades can be processed by way of extrusion, casting, and injection molding.

The composition of Nylon: Molecules with –COOH group on each end are then reacted with other molecules that contain –NH2 The Nylon that comes as a result is named based on the # of atoms (carbon) that separate the acid groups and amines. These are then formed into a monomer, which is a molecule that binds to others forming a polymer or polymer chains. Type 6,6 is the most common form of the commercial grades.

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Types of Nylon 6/6 – Commercial Grade

Nylon Extruded Type 6/6 Unfilled

Nylon 6/6 has a much higher melting point, better mechanical properties due to greater hardness, and lower water absorption than cast nylon.

Nylon Extruded Type 6/6 Unfilled
Nylon Extruded Type 6/6 Solid Lubricant Filled

This material is a type 6/6 extruded nylon compound with special additives offering superior bearing properties.

Nylon Extruded Type 6/6 Solid Lubricant Filled
Nylon Extruded Type 6/6 Glass Filled

Nylon 6/6 is very easy to modify with fillers, fibers, internal lubricants, and impact modifiers. Glass Filled nylon Variants of this nylon exhibit increased structural and impact strength, and rigidity.

Nylon Extruded Type 6/6 Glass Filled
Nylon Extruded Type 6/6 MoS2 And Kevlar Fiber Filled

Nylon filled with Kevlar® aramid fibers result in a material that is strong, tough, and resists wear – up to 20 times greater than nylon alone. This thermoplastic composite outperforms metals, glass, or other reinforced plastics.

Nylon Extruded Type 6/6 MoS2 And Kevlar Fiber Filled
Nylon Cast Type 6 Unfilled

The casting process of cast nylon 6 results in less stress than the extrusion process, thus providing better dimensional stability. Nylon 6 exhibits all the properties which generally make nylon a superior engineering material: high strength, low friction and wear resistance.

Nylon Cast Type 6 Unfilled

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