How is nylon made?

Nylon is a product of a chemical process in which carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen are united to form a strong, tough material.

Nylon is a strong, long-lasting synthetic material.  Its uses range from such things as shear hosiery and fishing lines to toothbrush bristles and molded parts for machinery.

Nylon is made from common elements obtained from coal (carbon) and air (oxygen and nitrogen) and water (hydrogen).

These elements are heated, mixed and treated to such a way that they are changed into a substance called “nylon salt.”  The nylon salt becomes a thick, gooey liquid when it is heated.


The melted nylon is spread out into a thin sheet to cool.  When hard, the sheet is cut into chips. The chips are then melted and manufactured into final products.

To make yarn for weaving stockings and fabrics for clothes, the melted nylon is pushed through time notes in a metal plate.

Several threads of nylon are then twisted together into a single yarn and then stretched to make the nylon strong. – Dick Rogers

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