Nylon is one of the most widely used plastics because of its extreme strength, wear resistance, and self-lubricating properties. Nylons are also known to be resilient and nonmarring, have high impact resistance has a continuous operating temperature of about 180º F and a relatively lightweight that makes it ideal for use in mechanical and electrical hardware to ease maintenance and replacement procedures. Nylon is commonly used as a replacement for bronze, brass, aluminum, steel, and other metals to reduce weight and noise from metal to metal contact. Nylon 6/6 has the tendency to absorb moisture but is the least permeable to gasoline/mineral oil/fluorocarbon-refrigerant, the strongest, and most widely used, of all nylons. Its high crystallinity results in a sharp melting point, making its mechanical properties less affected by temperature. It can be found in the form of rod, tubing, or plate.
30% glass-filled nylon type 6/6 is a glass-reinforced extruded nylon 6/6. The glass reinforcement gives the material higher compressive strength and rigidity, as well as improved frictional characteristics.