Rubber Mold Design
What is Rubber Molding?
Rubber molding is a process to convert unprotected raw rubber or elastomer into a useful product by transferring, compressing or injecting raw rubber material into a metal mold cavity. The applied pressure creates a chemical reaction, such as curing or vulcanization, that causes the polymer chains in the material to crosslink.
All rubber manufacturing use heat and pressure to produce their products. The most common methods for rubber molding are injection, compression, and transfer. With the continuous development of products, rubber mold manufacturers are constantly adjusting to meet the growing demand for grommets, gaskets, tubing, O-rings and hoses.
Use of Rubber Molding
Rubber, synthetic or natural, can be shaped and molded into complex forms, shapes and configurations, greatly increasing its usefulness. The flexibility and durability of rubber gives engineers many ways to design seal and cushioning components. The stability of rubber is seen in its use as a method of cushioning machinery to reduce impact and vibration.
While natural rubber is still widely used, manufacturers have developed synthetic versions of rubber that have the same strength as natural rubber with greater durability and longevity. Man-made materials such as neoprene, silicone, ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), and a variety of elastomers have properties similar to rubber but have greater ductility and endurance.
- Rubber Bumpers
- Rubber Grommets
- Rubber Suction Cups
- Rubber Washers