Nylon was the first engineering resin. The name "nylons" refers to the group of plastics known as polyamides. The different types give a wide range of properties with specific gravity, melting point and moisture content tending to reduce as the nylon number increases.
It has been used in applications ranging from electronic, marine, and automotive industries to fibers used to make carpet. Nylon has outstanding wear resistance and low frictional properties. It has very good temperature, chemical, and impact properties. However, nylon's one weakness is a propensity to absorb moisture and thus have poor dimensional stability.
- Resistance to toughness
- More compact molecular structure
- Better weathering properties; better sunlight resistance
- Very good elasticity
- Softer "Hand"
- Pleats and creases can be heat-set at higher temperatures
- High melting point (256 °C/492.8 °F)
- Superior colorfastness
- Excellent abrasion resistance
- Good resiliancy