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Nylon 12 (PA12) Engineering PlasticNylon 12 (PA12)

High Impact Nylon for Noise & Vibration Dampening

A high quality engineering plastic material; the chemical name is polyamide 12. It’s available in a range of grades and forms to suit many applications.


While not as fine as acetal, the machinability of un-modified Nylon 12 is good. Glass-filled grades will require the use of tipped tooling. As with all plastic materials, experience has shown that extra care must be taken with larger diameters, especially in the colder months when plastic materials lose some of their toughness and so have less resistance to machining stresses. So it’s important that these materials are not machined while in a chilled condition. Full machining instructions may be supplied on request.

Chemical Resistance:

Nylon 12 is highly resistant to hydrocarbons, alkalis, fats, oils, fuel, ethers, ester and ketones. Not resistant to halogens, mineral acids and certain organic acids, oxidising agents.

Technical Assistance

Our knowledgeable staff backed up by our resident team of qualified metallurgists and engineers, will be pleased to assist further on any technical topic. Smiths Metal Centres Limited also boasts an in-house UKAS Accredited Testing Laboratory which is unique in the metal and plastics stockholding sector, and extends our professional services to all our customers.

Download Nylon 12 (PA12) Plastics Datasheet

Typical Applications:

  • For low maintenance parts or parts subject to impact or environments in which noise and vibration dampening properties are required
  • Mechanical and equipment engineering e.g. bearing and gearbox components, housings and covers
  • Vehicle construction e.g. sealing and dampening elements, valves and quick-disconnect couplings for fuel lines


Smiths Metal Centres has processing operations at all our UK service centre locations. We have a fully automated magazine feed CNC rod blanking line and with more than 30 power saws across the Group, we can cut your material to your size requirements.

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