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5 Interesting Applications of Silicone

In addition to the LSR, HCR, and RTV silicone materials that we work with on a day-to-day basis, silicone can take on a variety of physical forms, ranging from solids to water-thin liquids and semi-viscous pastes, greases and oils. Click … Continue reading

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Made In Massachusetts: Creating Jobs In The Bay State

Last month Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President and CEO of Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, participated In the latest installment of the WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Business Breakfast series. The panelists of business leaders & experts discussed the importance of making products and profits in Massachusetts. The group also discussed how … Continue reading

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3 Benefits to Using a Cold Deck System for Silicone Molding

A cold deck (cold runner) system is an assembly of insulated feeding units that prevents liquid silicone from curing while conveying silicone into the cavities of the mold. The following are a few reasons that using a cold deck system can … Continue reading

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Alternative Methods of Prototyping Liquid Silicone Parts

Earlier this month Albright Technologies' project engineer, Matt Bont, gave a presentation at the Shin-Etsu Silicones Open House on Alternative Methods of Prototyping Liquid Silicone Parts. Click here to view the presentation as well as other presentations from industry suppliers. … Continue reading

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What is the best test to determine the sealing capability of a silicone compound or design?

Two common tests are (1) to put the device or component under pressure using regulated compressed air and then submerging in water or other fluid. The leaks will show as bubbles or (2) use a colored die solution that contrasts … Continue reading

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What is the risk of a piece of silicone breaking off and becoming a choking hazard?

Unfortunately like many problems, the answer to your question depends on the application, loads, and part size and geometry. The risk of choking is difficult to quantify but a quick search suggests that thin sheets or hard round shapes like … Continue reading

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Differences in Molding Silicone vs. Plastic

The primary difference between silicone and plastic properties drives the differences in mold design. The largest difference is the temperature profile between silicone and plastic. The mold design and construction will also be dependent on the product geometry, size, materials, equipment, … Continue reading

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What shrinkage value should be used when designing a silicone mold?

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Difference in cycle time for silicone parts vs thermal plastic parts

Question: What is the difference in cycle time for molding medical silicone parts vs cycle time for molding medical thermal plastic parts? Answer: The processing conditions can be optimized to match the tool design, part geometry, and material but each presents limitations. … Continue reading

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What is Silicone Rubber?

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