Material Information

Nylon 6 belongs to the cast nylon family of materials. Cast nylons offer the widest array of sizes or custom shapes of any thermoplastic. Nylons are a frequently used material as replacements for bronze, brass, aluminum, steel, and other metals, especially in bearing or wear applications. Nylons offer excellent wear and impact resistance, have high tensile strength and high modulus of elasticity, and have a high heat distortion temperature. They also resist wear, abrasion, and vibration. Nylons can also withstand a variety of chemicals, alkalis, oxidizing agents, and dilute acids. However, nylons do absorb moisture, so they are not recommended for wet applications. Because of its high crystalinity, Nylon 6 has better heat deflection, better solvent resistance, better hygroscopic characteristics, and better dimensional stability than Nylon 6/6. Nylon 6 is available in rod, tube, and sheet.

Nyloil® is a cast nylon with oil lubrication dispersed throughout the material. This built in lubrication reduces friction by as much as 25% on the bearing interface, which can result in longer wear life then the unfilled or moly-filled nylons. Nyloil® is available in a green or natural color. The natural color is FDA and USDA compliant.


  • Bearings
  • Bushings
  • Replaces stainless steel in food processing applications (natural)
  • Bottling
  • Canning
  • Packing
  • Processing
  • Friction/wear applictions
  • Gears
  • Sprockets
  • Power transmission components


  • Self lubricated to reduce friction
  • FDA and USDA compliant (natural)
  • Low moisture absorption
  • Lightweight
  • High wear and impact resistance
  • High modulus of elasticity
  • High heat distortion temperature
  • Resists wear, abrasion, and vibration
  • High chemical resistance


Astm Test Method

Oil Filled Nylon Type 6

Density (lb/in^3) D792 0.042
Specific Gravity D792 1.16
Water Absorption @ 24 hours (%) D570 0.5
Water Saturation (%) D570 2.5


Tensile Strength (PSI) D638 10,000
Tensile Modulus (PSI) D638 425,000
Tensile Elongation at Break (%) D638 50
Flexural Strength (PSI) D790 15,000
Flexural Modulus (PSI) D790 425,000
Compressive Strength (PSI) D695 13,000
Compressive Modulus (PSI) D695 325,000
Izod Impact (Notched), ft-lb/in D256 1.6
Rockwell Hardness D785 R110


Coefficient of Thermal Expansion,
D696 3.5
Heat Deflection Temperature 264 psi, ºF D648 350
Melting Point, °F D3418 450
Continous Service Temp (Operating), °F 230
Thermal Conductivity, BTU-in/hr-ft² °F C177
Flammability Rating UL94


Dielectric Strength, Short Term,
(Volts/Mil) @ .125″ Thick
D149 550
Volume Resistivity (ohm-cm) @ 73 ºF, 50%
Dielectric Constant at 60Hz D150 3.7
Dissipation Factor at 60 Hz D150


The information contained herein are typical values intended for reference and comparison purposes only. They should NOT be used as a basis for design specifications or quality control. Contact us for manufacturers' complete material property datasheets. All values at 73°F (23°C) unless otherwise noted.