Dacron is a manmade fiber used for a variety of purposes including repairing joints and making artificial limbs. Dacron is petroleum-based, polyester or polyethylene fiber, and was first produced by the DuPont Corporation.
Due to Dacron's robust tensile strength, it replaced the inferior artificial fiber, rayon, in the 1950s. Today, Dacron is found in clothing and other fabric-based items, such as bulletproof vests, ship sails, light sporting equipment and rope. Dacron is a popular fiber in the medical field and has been used to save thousands of lives and improve the quality of lives of many others. Some of these uses include making small arterial shunts and implants.