Nylon is the designation for a family of synthetic polymers, and broadly denotes a silky, widely used engineering thermoplastic material that can be melt-processed into fibers, sheets, films or shapes. The material offers an excellent combination of mechanical performance and cost, and there are many grades of Nylon available today, the most common of which are Nylon 6/6 and Nylon 6.
While the properties of both nylon products are very similar; and typically, they can be used interchangeably, there are specific advantages and limitations to each material. Nylon 6 combines high strength, stiffness and hardness properties with good creep and wear resistance. Nylon 6 sheet has good heat aging properties, is electrically insulating, and is resistant to the majority of oils, chemicals, fuels and cleaning fluids.