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  • noun A polymer containing repeated amide groups, as in various kinds of nylon.

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  • noun chemistry Any of a range of polymers containing amide (or peptide) repeat units; examples include proteins and nylon

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  • noun a polymer containing repeated amide groups


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  • Polyamide is a high temperature plastic. It's used in flexible printed circuits such as the gold coloured ribbon in your printer. It's used in flexible circuits because it can handle the high temperatures of the soldering process and is thin and flexible.

    It's used in the powder coating industry to protect areas from being powdercoated such as machined threads.

    It's used on a lot of spacecraft - all that gold coloured space tape wrapping up bundles of wires on the mars rovers, satellites, and on the space station is there so that wires can resist high temperatures or resist catching on fire.

    December 31, 2012