Urethane Casting Services
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Urethane Casting Services
Urethane casting is a manufacturing technology for producing rigid, flexible or rubber parts with final product quality. The process uses a reference (master) model and silicone molds to produce low-volume mass production parts at high speed and quality. Part dimensions depend on the accuracy of the master model, part geometry and molding material. In general, a shrinking rate of +0.03% can be expected.
Silicone molding is an excellent alternative for insert molding in low volumes and offers a wide variety of materials. It is also used as a bridge production technology between 3D printing and injection molding to effectively balance quality, cost and time.
Urethane casting parts can be produced transparent or in various colors, and surface quality and strength can be improved by post-processing.
Urethane Casting Applications
Low volume production
It is an ideal production method for low-volume production or pre-series production of final products without the need for plastic injection molds with high upfront costs.
Advanced rapid prototyping
Cost-effective molds make it easy and affordable to make the necessary changes to the design. It also allows you to test designs with a variety of materials, using the same mold.
Silicone molding technology is one of the most suitable options for functional testing, strength testing and design verification, where you can achieve perfect surfaces for end-use product functionality. Enter the market confidently with flexible material options, relatively few manufacturability constraints and accurate revisions implemented with fast feedback.
Advantages of Silicone Molding with Xometry
Depending on the complexity of the part design and the required surface quality of your prototype, silicone molding can take 15-25 days.
Vacuum casting is best suited to low-volume prototyping of up to 20 units made from a single mold. For more units, additional molds will be required and your project costs will go up.
We offer ISO 9001 certificates.
Variety of materials
Start production with rigid, flexible, transparent or colored engineering plastics.
Xometry offers high precision tolerances ranging from ±0.2 mm to ±4 mm, depending on customer specs and the size of the parts. The tolerances are regulated by ISO 2768-1.
Skilled engineering team
Our experienced team of molding engineers will guide you through every step of the process.
Silicone Molding Tolerances
|Distance Dimensions||+/- 0.254 mm or +/- 0.076 mm per mm, whichever is larger, is typical. Irregular or overly-thick geometries may cause deviances or deflection due to shrinking|
|Shrink Mitigation||A shrinking rate of +0.03% can be expected due to thermal expansion of the liquid, and the response of the flexible mold|
|Surface Quality||Surface finish is externally smoothed to a satin or matte surface. Grow lines may be present on internal or difficult-to-access features. Polishing or custom finishes must be clearly defined and agreed upon at the point of order|
|Feature Definition||Sharp corners and text may appear slightly rounded|