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What are the characteristics of nylon?

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Nylon is a synthetic polymer that melts rather than burns, is highly resistant to most chemicals and decomposition, is resilient and can be elongated to a high degree. Nylon materials are typically silky and have been used for many commercial products like toothbrushes and clothing, as well as military equipment.

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Nylon was invented and unveiled in the 1930s as the world's first synthetic thermoplastic polymer. A thermoplastic has many useful properties. The most important of which is a high melting point. When thermoplastics are heated, they become pliable, allowing them to be molded into almost any shape and withstand high amounts of stress without breaking.

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