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The Marvel of Molding: Different Types of Plastic, Rubber and Silicone Molding and How They Can Fit Any Application

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The possibilities with rubber, plastic and silicone molding unfold like an infinite universe, so it can be overwhelming to navigate the industry and all of its offerings as you search for exactly the right “thing.” It might be anything from a rubber o-ring or weather stripping to a tiny computer part or element used in aerospace, but it is usually needed to accomplish a business goal or to complete some sort of mission or project.

Manufacturing Parts With Silicone Rubber: What to Look for and What to Avoid

Silicone rubber is used to manufacture a number of different items, including irrigation and filtration components, seals and gaskets, lighted buttons, overmolded parts, and more. It is prized for its high thermal stability, durable mechanical properties, UV resistance and other characteristics. If you’re considering using silicone for your next custom rubber molding project, there are a few things to consider when choosing a vendor.

Liquid Silicone Rubber vs High Consistency Rubber

Silicone rubber is a thermoset with a backbone of alternating silicone and oxygen atoms with methyl or vinyl side groups. There are two types of silicone rubber: solid and liquid. The basic structure of the two types of silicone rubber is the same, but curing and processing are radically different.

Liquid Silicone Rubber

Breakthrough inventions are the result of ideas, guts, perseverance, and dedication. They are the engine of the future economy. Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) is at the cutting edge of these breakthroughs. It allows for the creation of products impossible to make before. All of this is made possible thanks to its unique properties and the endless number of applications. Additionally, liquid silicone rubber is efficient and environmentally friendly. In other words, thanks to liquid silicone rubber, the future of innovations is looking bright.

Liquid Silicone Rubber and Electricity

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Ceramic and glass have long functioned as the material of choice for medium and high-voltage electrical applications, high-voltage insulators and lightning arresters. These materials have good resistance to electrical stress as well as outdoor exposure without suffering significantly from deterioration. The transmission/distribution industry and international standard bodies have thoroughly discussed the advantages and disadvantages of these materials. Their shortcomings include contamination and the inability to handle certain stresses. These concerns have led to significant innovations in material science, especially as it relates to insulative materials and silicone rubber’s electrical conductivity.