Nylon Sheets

Our plastic engineers here at The Plastic People love nylon because it is a great all rounder, doing most things very well.  Light in weight with a remarkable tensile strength, great durability and superb resistance to damage make nylon a plastic of choice globally. The most popular types of nylon are Nylon 6 and Nylon 6.6.  

Nylon 6 is a great versatile material which machines easily, is straight forward to tap, drill and bore and generally does lots of things well. For example, components that need to reliably last for years, maintenance-free, in harsh conditions perform well when made from nylon. Components that need a high resistance to wear and friction or a strong impact resistance especially compared to metal, also benefit from being manufactured with nylon. With their surprising strength nylon sheets also offer enough flexibility to absorb shock and vibration well. A popular and primary engineering material, Nylon 6 is suitable for virtually any plain bearing application.

There are 2 types of Nylon 6 sheet – cast nylon 6 and extruded nylon 6.  They are manufactured in different ways giving them different merits.  The cast process produces thicker sheets with larger diameters; the extrusion method produces thinner sheets with smaller diameters. Size aside, of the two choices, Cast Nylon 6 is the more stable material.  Extruded Nylon 6 is a more economic and accurate material with regards to its thickness .  Learn more about their different benefits and how Cast Nylon 6 and Extruded Nylon 6 are made.

Nylon 6 sheets have similar characteristics to Nylon 6.6 but Nylon 6.6 offers some key performance advantages.  Nylon 6.6 can operate a higher temperatures (about 6% higher),  is more rigid by approximately 10%, has better wear resistance and is around 13% harder than Nylon 6.  Being harder, it is easier to machine. Withstanding higher operating temperatures, it is less likely to melt at the same time.  Its hardness also means it is slippier than Nylon 6, ideal for low friction environments.

Find out more about Nylon 6 and Nylon 6.6. Please feel free to contact any of our friendly plastic experts with your questions and requirements - they will be glad to help.

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