Are nylon fasteners chemical resistant?

Ok, so maybe we’ve been a little too hard on nylon and nylon fasteners in the past here on the blog.  Nylon is such a wildly popular material.  We just wanted to make sure that people are weighing all of their material options before making a final choice.
Nylon 6/6 remains an excellent material for fasteners and components because it is inexpensive, ubiquitous, and relatively durable.  But chemical resisant?
Well, you’re not going to find nylon 6/6 standing up to acids very well. … Read more

New Products: Pultruded Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP)

FRP stands for fiber-reinforced plastic or fiber-reinforced polymer.  FRP is comprised of a designated polymer that has been reinforced with fibers.  Fiber compositions are typically glass, carbon, or aramid based while the polymer is usually an epoxy, vinyl ester, or polyester thermoset.  FRP specifically employs the fiber material to mechanically enhance the strength of the original resin (also referred to as the matrix). The extent to which strength is achieved in fiber reinforced plastics is dependent upon the mechanical properties of both the fiber and the matrix,Read more

Vespel®: The Extreme Engineering Plastic

Why is Vespel® so extreme?  Well, it’s one of the most dynamic engineering plastics on the market.  If you need a high performance plastic that can do everything and cost is no issue then Vespel® may be for you.  Also, Vespel® excels in extreme environments.  Looking to blast some plastic fasteners into outer space?  Vespel® could be your answer.  Read on for more information on Vespel’s® many superior qualities including strength, … Read more

Plastic Injection Molding vs. Plastic Machining: How to Decide

Plastic molding, also known as “injection molding,” and machining plastic componentsare very different processes. But how are they different? And which process is right for your custom plastic fasteners?
First, let’s define what they are. During the injection molding process, plastic pellets—rigid when cool but viscous at higher temperatures—are heated to their melting point and then injected into a cavity. As they cool, they harden in that cavity’s shape. … Read more

High Performance Plastics in the Semiconductor Industry

High performance plastics play a vital role in the semiconductor industry.  Manufacturing a semiconductor is a complex process. It starts with silicon wafers and a self-contained manufacturing facility called a fab that may cost as much a several billion dollars to construct. The central part of a fab is the clean room.
Dust within the clean room is carefully controlled.  Even the smallest speck of duct is larger than a microcircuit and can ruin an IC. … Read more