Nylon – Strength and Durability since the 1930s

April 18th, 2011

Our final stop on this journey through plastic materials is the most interesting, in my opinion. Nylon has an intriguing beginning**, dating back to 1927 when the Du Pont Corporation began working on a top secret material, then known as “Fiber66”. By the 1936 World’s Fair, Du Pont had introduced the first purely synthetic fiber which we know as Nylon.

Originally used in toothbrush bristles, Du Pont was hoping to produce silk stockings, today known as women’s nylons. Because of the cost of development, Du Pont wanted to be sure to showcase this product, inspiring “nylon mania” which lasted until WWII, when manufacturing capacity was devoted to making supplies such as parachutes for the troops. After the war, Du Pont began selling to the public again, inspiring an even bigger craze for the product, and setting off “nylon riots”.

Today Nylon doesn’t create quite the same craze but it continues to be an important material for plastic manufacturers and products due to its wear-resistance. Another high-temperature resistant material, Nylon has a melting point that can reach as high as 265 degrees Celsius, depending on the specific grade or material make up.

Due to its durability and strength, Polycase offers the Cable glands and light gray NEMA mounting flange kits molded in Nylon. This material helps ensure your end product will withstand the elements while maintaining the NEMA rating you need.

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