Nylon an important design material

Nylon amber coloured material
Nylon amber coloured material

Nylon, also known as polyamide, is commonly used in textiles, carpets, brushes, and a range of moulded items ranging from curtain tracks to engineering parts. The Du Pont Company produced the first commercial nylon in the United States, culminating in ten years of research and development. It was first used in toothbrushes and then in stockings in 1939, with over 64 million pairs sold in the first year. It was also on display at the Du Pont Pavilion during the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Following WWII, it became more commonly used in textiles, carpets, and clothes. In the 1960s, nylon was used to produce synthetic turf, which was first sold in the United States as Astroturf.


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