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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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