What Is the Fabric Nylon Made Out Of?


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Nylon is made from coal, petroleum, air and water. It is a man-made product, often referred to as a polymer. The materials used to make nylon are called polyamides.

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What Is the Fabric Nylon Made Out Of?
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Nature does not produce nylon, but nature does produce the materials nylon is made from. Nylon polymer forms when two large molecules react together in a pressurized heated vessel called an autoclave. The two molecules are hexane-1,6 a dicarboxylic acid, and diaminohexane 1,6. When combined, these molecules release a water base chemical and goes through a process called condensation polymerization. The original nylon, called "Nylon 6,6," was patented in the U.S. by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Nylon comes in various strengths, including Nylon 6,12, Nylon 6, and Nylon 5,10.

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