Nylon is the generic designation for a family of synthetic polymers known generically as Polyamides. Nylons offer extremely good wear and impact resistance. They also withstand sustained contact with a wide variety of chemicals and offer a good operating temperature range.

Given its relative light weight and toughness Nylon is frequently used as replacement material for metal as gears, fittings, and bearings.




Nylon is one of the most widely used engineering thermoplastics. It offers an excellent combination of mechanical performance and cost. Cast Nylon (Type 6) and Extruded Nylon 101 (6/6) are the most common. These manufacturing methods are also combined with various fillers to achieve a number of additional attributes. MDS (molybdenum disulfide -MoS2) and NSM are common solid lubricant filled offerings. Oil filled and glass filled versions are available to provide additional options for lubricity and toughness.   Other well-known family members include Nylon-11 and 12.



ASTM or UL Test Property Nylon 6 Nylon 6/6 Nylatron Nylatron
Manufacturing Process Extruded Cast Cast Cast
Type Unfilled Unfilled Moly-Filled Solid Lubricant
Color Natural or Black Natural Grey Grey
D792 (g/cm³) 1.15 1.15 1.16 1.15
D570 Water
24 hrs (%)
0.3 0.3 0.3 0.25
Saturation (%) 7 7 7 7
D638 Tensile
Strength (psi)
11,500 12,000 10,500 11,000
D790 Flexural
Modulus (psi)
450,000 500,000 400,000 400,000
D785 Hardness,
Rockwell R
M85 / R115 R115 R110 R110
D256 IZOD Notched
Impact (ft-lb/in)
0.6 0.4 0.5 0.5
D696 Coefficient of
Thermal Expansion
5.5 3.5 3.5 5
(x 10-5 in./in./°F)
D648 Heat
Temp (°F / °C)
at 264 psi
200 / 93 200 / 93 200 / 93 200 / 93
Cost $ $ $$ $$



All properties are generalized. Material purchased may vary. You can request specification for products purchased.


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