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Polyamide 6 (Nylon 6)

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Polyamide 6 (PA6, Nylon 6) is produced by the ring opening polymerization of caprolactam. Nylon 6 is a semi-crystalline engineering resin that offers a good balance of mechanical and thermal properties, impact resistance, chemical resistance, and low friction and wear. Nylon 6 is processed by all common processing methods. 

Typical applications for Nylon 6 include interior, exterior and under-hood automotive components, electrical and electronic components, connectors, office furniture, cutlery and cooking utensils, lawn and garden tools, fiber and filaments, and film.

Polymers PA6


Polymer Characteristics

  • Good strength and stiffness
  • Good temperature resistance
  • Good impact / toughness
  • Good chemical resistance
  • Good tribological properties
  • Good creep resistance


  • Glass fiber
  • Glass bead
  • Aramid fiber
  • Carbon fiber
  • Glass fiber/mineral reinforced
  • Mineral
  • Flame retardant
  • UV stabilized
  • Hydrolysis resistant grades
  • Impact modified
  • Nucleated
  • Lubricated
  • Heat stabilized

Processing Methods

  • Injection molding
  • Extrusion
  • Co-extrusion
  • Blow molding
  • Film

Typical Applications

  • Connectors, switches
  • Brackets, housings
  • Intake manifolds, radiator tanks, door handles, mirror housings
  • Gears, cams, bearing
  • Vacuum cleaner handle
  • Fasteners
  • Power tool housings
  • Metal replacement

Nylon 6 versus 66

Nylon 66 has these advantages over Nylon 6:

  • Higher temperature resistance
  • Higher strength
  • Higher stiffness
  • Lower moisture absorption
  • Better abrasion resistance

Nylon 6 has these advantages over Nylon 66:

  • Slightly lower density
  • Better toughness
  • Better surface appearance
  • Lower processing temperature

In many applications, Nylon 6 and Nylon 66 can be interchangeable.

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