Nylon is a synthetic thermoplastic polymer best known for its versatility, durability, and flexibility. In fact, nylon is one of the most versatile and widely-used synthetic products in the world. In various applications, nylon components are used as viable, and more cost-effective alternatives to rubber, latex, and metal.
First engineered by the DuPont chemical company in the 1930s, the first commercial application for nylon was a nylon-bristled toothbrush. A cheaper and sturdier substitute for silk and other fabrics, nylon would eventually revolutionize the fashion industry and, during WWII, became a popular material for parachutes and rope. In fact, nylon production during this time pivoted from consumer needs to exclusively militaristic applications.
Nylon has a high melting point, which not only makes nylon machining and nylon fabrication much easier than the fabrication and machining of other materials, but it allows nylon components to be used in high temperature applications such as car engines and industrial settings. Nylon can be drilled, sawed, turned, and heat formed with relative ease for nylon fabricators of every skill level. Nylon is also a favorite for blow and injection molding purposes and can be combined, in liquid form, with other materials to enhance strength or give products other distinct structural or aesthetic qualities.
In terms of nylon distribution and sales, nylon is typically sold in cut-to-size sheets, rods, or tubes of varying thicknesses. Nylon is typically available in various other types, grades, and colors depending on the application for which it will be used. For more on nylon distribution or nylon fabrication concepts, contact the team at JC Finley.