Most nylon is made from naturally occurring, carbon-based chemicals such as coal or petroleum. It is produced through the process of condensation polymerization in a high-pressure, heated environment. It is also possible to make nylon from renewable plant-based materials through fermentation processes. Bio-nylon producers support the scaling of sustainable and biodegradable components across an array of markets.
Nylon’s unique qualities make it a popular material of choice for mass-market consumer and industrial products. While different types of nylon will exhibit similar characteristics, their degree of processing ease and end-use performance will vary according to their molecular structure. Nylon offers many significant advantages and very few disadvantages.
- Smooth, lustrous appearance
- Exceptional strength
- Abrasion resistant
- Easy to wash
- Resists wear
- Resists chemical damage
- Resists shrinkage and wrinkles
- Low coefficients of friction
- Can be pre-colored with even dispersion of pigments
- Stretch and pleat retentive
- Low moisture absorbency (fast-drying, moisture-wicking)
- Good insulating properties
- Impact resistant
- Heat and UV sensitive
- High static electric charge
Commercial nylon products exist all around us. The versatile material is found in everyday objects like carpeting, apparel, tarps and awnings, watch bands, toothbrushes, interior and exterior automotive environments, synthetic turf, outdoor gear, fishing line, tool housings and electrical components. Industrial nylon products include machine parts like gears, bearings and nozzles. These parts can often be produced using nylon in place of metal, reducing corrosion, metal cross-contamination, friction and weight concerns. Below are some of the most common nylon applications:
These Nylon material performances can be custom developed for extrusion, injection molding, fiber spinning, and cast film.