Nylon is one of the original engineering thermoplastic materials. With an ideal balance of strength and toughness it finds use in a wide variety of industries and applications.



Nylon is one of the original engineering thermoplastic materials. With an ideal balance of strength and toughness, it is used in a wide variety of industries and applications. It is an excellent choice for both structural, bearing, and wear applications, and can deliver high performance as a replacement for a wide variety of materials from metal to rubber. Natural extruded and cast grades are FDA, USDA and 3A-Dairy compliant.

Nylon is extremely easy to machine, and its light-weight makes is easier to handle and maintain than the metals it typically replaces. It is readily available in rod, plate and tube, and a variety of grades and types. It may be cast as a finished part and near net shapes.

Cast nylon possess all of the main characteristics of nylon. It works well when shorter cycles are desired versus larger machining processes. Most fabricators prefer cast nylons over extruded when smaller runs are being produced, or when looking for near-net shapes. Cast nylon provides a balance of strength and toughness that make it an optimal choice for a broad range of applications.

Extruded nylon is better suited for extended production cycles, and is typically preferred over cast when larger quantities of parts are being made. Extruded nylon has good temperature, chemical and impact properties, and is an ideal replacement for metal in a wide range of applications. It has very good temperature and impact properties, but is prone to absorb moisture, which adversely affects its dimensional stability.

Polymershapes can meet your nylon needs with sheet, rod and tube from leading edge suppliers including Quadrant Engineering Plastics. We have the material you need in standard and custom sizes. And we are your “one-stop shop” for additional value-added services that can help you stand out versus your competition, with a variety of conversion and fabrication capabilities at our local facilities and in conveniently located centers featuring state of the art technology. Our experienced teams are eager to exceed your expectations with best-in-class customer service and convenience.

Make Polymershapes your go-to source for meeting your nylon needs. And let us help you select the ideal materials for all of your applications from our vast inventory of plastics and associated products — Contact your local Polymershapes facility today for more information!

Features & Benefits

  • Easy to machine do to its size options/near-net shapes
  • Lightweight
  • Wear resistant
  • Strength/durability
  • Highly impact resistant
  • Chemical resistant


  • Aerospace
  • Armored Vehicle
  • Automotive
  • Bearings and Bushings
  • Building & Construction
  • Bus and Rail
  • Die Cutters
  • Food and Beverage Preparation and Processing
  • Gaskets and Seals
  • Gears
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Machine Shops
  • Milling and Mining
  • Oil and Gas
  • Outrigger Pads
  • Packaging and Conveying Equipment
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Sheaves
  • Sporting Goods
  • Tooling
  • Valves and Fittings
  • Watercraft
  • Wear Strips

Physical Properties

Tensile strength @ break @ 73°FpsiD638 5,680 – 16,200 5,700 – 18,300
Flexural modulus @ 73°FpsiD790 81,500 – 492,000218,000 – 544,000
Izod impact (notched)ft-lbs/in of notchD256 0.79 – 2.9 0.64 – 1.9
Deflection Temperature Under Load  @ 264 psi°FD648 114 – 182134 – 201
Maximum continuous service temp in air°FD794 158 – 356184 – 268
Water absorption @ 73°F –  24 hours%D570 0.53 – 2.0 0.59 – 1.3
Compressive strengthpsiD695 1,420 – 16,000 4,400 – 28,000
Coefficient of linear thermal expansion (CLTE)(in/in°F)D696 1.6E-5 to 6.0E-5 3.1E-5 to 5.4E-5
Coefficient of frictionD18940.04 – 1.40.056 – 0.37
Taber Abrasion ResistancemgD10443.5 – 10.14.0 – 24.0

*Technical Data is provided courtesy of UL Prospector (www.ulprospector.com) and IAPD (www.IAPD.org).

Data is to be considered representative and is provided for guidance only. All product performance must be verified by the user under actual application conditions.

Product Options

Color:Sheet and Rod: Natural, Black, Green, Blue
Tube: Natural, Black, Green, Blue
Grades:Extruded, Cast, Unfilled, Glass Filled, Heat Stabilized, Lubricant Filled, Molybdenum Disulfide Filled, Oil Filled

Standard Sizes

Standard ShapesSheet, Rod, Tube
SheetDimensions: 12″ x 12″, 12″ x 24″, 12″ x 48″, 24″ x 24″, 24″ x 48″, 48″ x 96″, 48″ x 120″
Thickness: 0.030″ – 4″
RodDiameter: 0.060″ – 12″
Length: 8′ – 10′
TubeOutside Diameter: 2″ – 8″
Length: 26″ – 96″

*The sizes above are standard stocking sizes. Other custom sizes are available upon request. Please contact your local branch for information and a quote.

Suppliers / Brands

 Cast Nylons