Rubber injection molding is the process in which precision silicone rubber parts are created by injecting the liquid rubber into a heated mold. The liquid silicone takes the shape of the mold, is cooled, and then removed from the mold.
Rubber injection molding can be broken down into two general steps:
Step 1: The liquid silicone rubber is mixed with a coloring paste to achieve the desired final color of the injected molded part, along with a catalyst which starts the curing process.
Step 2: The mixed silicone rubber material is then pushed into a heated cavity (or mold) where the vulcanization of the mixture takes place. The liquid silicone rubber is injected at high pressures into the mold. Depending on the durometer (hardness of the material) of the silicone the pressures can range from 500 to 5,000 PSI.
The silicone rubber injection molding is used to create silicone rubber parts that require a greater precision than parts created using silicone rubber compression molding. However, with the proper machinery and skill, you can produce precision silicone rubber parts using compression molding as well.
Silicone Dynamics primarily creates silicone rubber keypads using a silicone rubber compression molding. When you send your drawing and requirements to us for a free quote, Silicone Dynamics will accurately determine which method would be the most cost effective for you. Silicone Dynamics does so while meeting your specifications and maintaining high-quality parts. With such a service, each customer is assured their project will be both cost-effective and of the highest quality possible.
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