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Win a 3D Motion Controller! Send us your silicone questions.

Last year we ran a contest asking for your silicone related questions and had a great response! We then had our engineers answer all of your questions and posted them on our blog, Silicone.Pro. In order to give the best … Continue reading

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What is the typical flash tolerance for a silicone part?

  Question: What is the typical flash tolerance for a silicone part? Answer: Silicone has a relatively low viscosity compared to other TPE (Thermoplastic elastomeric) or thermoplastic. The silicone’s viscosity enables us to more easily mold micro parts, but it … Continue reading

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4 Things You Should Know About Silicone

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How small of a micro feature can be molded on a medical silicone part?

Question: How small of a micro feature can be molded on a medical silicone part? Answer: Silicone feature size is limited by the geometry, tooling, and process. Silicone will replicate surface finish features with less than 0.0005 inches in size. … Continue reading

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What is the difference between part removal in medical silicone injection molding vs. medical plastic injection molding?

Question: What is the difference between part removal in medical silicone injection molding vs. medical plastic injection molding? Answer: Part removal is dictated by the size, shape, geometry, material, and surface finish. In both processes the use of an automated handler … Continue reading

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Why is aluminum and not steel used to build prototype molds for molding medical silicone parts?

  Question: Why is aluminum and not steel used to build prototype molds for molding medical silicone parts? Answer: Aluminum is used to build prototype molds because an aluminum mold is easier to machine than a steel mold. As a result, … Continue reading

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MatSilicone.Com has Doubled its Material Database!

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What are the differences between designing a medical silicone part vs. a medical plastic part?

  Question: What are the differences between designing a medical silicone part vs. a medical plastic part? Answer: The largest difference in design between silicone and plastic is the properties. Understanding the application and the material properties can help designers better … Continue reading

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Why do you have to clean the barrel and feeding system in medical silicone injection molding when changing the material?

  Question: Why do you have to clean the barrel and feeding system in medical silicone injection molding when changing the material? Answer: Cleaning the barrel and feeding system is essential in medical silicone injection molding because it significantly reduces … Continue reading

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