Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) is a versatile material used for a variety of purposes. Proper testing of the LSR material and the molded parts are important elements in the production process and in assuring key functionality requirements.
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One of the latest trends in LSR manufacturing across many industries is miniaturization, or micro-molding. As components get smaller, manufacturers must deliver incredible accuracy and precision, and liquid silicone rubber (LSR) injection molding, and more specifically LSR micro molding is perfectly suited for these complex, tiny, and critical components.
The past few years have seen several advancements in wearable medical device technology for patient monitoring devices and devices for drug delivery. Wearable devices include those used for monitoring vital signs, respiration, and measuring glucose levels for example, and also in drug delivery devices used for administering personalized doses of insulin, and medication used during chemotherapy and other treatments. Wearable devices allow for monitoring health and health-promoting activities on a continuous basis, and can raise awareness for enjoying a higher quality of life.
“Thermoplastic” and “thermoset” sound related but are not interchangeable. LSRs are thermosets and TPE materials are thermoplastics. Each has different material properties and they behave inversely during the molding process.