PA, commonly known as Nylon, is a synthetic polymer with broad applications across many industries. The material is popular because of its good mechanical strength, stiffness, toughness, shock absorption and wear resistance.
Often seen as a universal plastic for producing mechanical structural parts, PA also boasts good electrical insulation and chemical resistance.
Electroplating can be functional, decorative or corrosion-related. Many industries use the process, including the automotive sector, in which chrome-plating of steel automobile parts is common.
Bead blasting results in parts with a smooth surface with a matte texture. Used mainly for visual applications and can be followed by other surface treatments.
Engineer's Pro Tips
- PA can be reinforced with glass fibers (i.e. PA66+GF30), increasing the material’s strength substantially. With reinforcement, PA can achieve similar strength characteristics to POM.
- PA is not well suited to polishing or disassembling. It also cannot be assembled with glue.