Vacuum Casting Polyurethane Silicone Mold
Vaccum Casting Polyurethane Services
Based on your CAD, vacuum casting polyurethane will make inexpensive silicone molds to cast numbers of copies through master patterns. Not only low cost for molds, but great surface finish and fidelity to the original pattern will be duplicated, different kinds of polyurethane resins can be used in vacuum casting, also surface finish can be provided including painting, plating, printing and more.
Vacuum Casting Polyurethane Material Selection
|Polyurethane Resin||Properties||Color||Flexural Moldulus(Mpa)||Hardness(Shore D)||Tg(°C)|
|Hei Cast 8150||similar to ABS||Beige;Black;White||1830||84||90|
|Hei Cast 8570||similar to PP & PE||Translucent White
|Hei Cast 8263||Flame Retardant UL94-V0||Milky White
|Axson UPS 8400||similar to rubber
Color can be mixed
|20-90 Shoreness A||-|
|Axson PX 223/HT||High Temperature Resistance||Black||2300||80(23°C)
|Axson PX5210||similar to acrylic/PMMA||Transparent||2400||85||95|
|Axson PX527||similar to PC
Can Be Colored
Vacuum Casting Polyurethane Production Details
Step 1: Making vacuum casting master patterns, preparation for making silicone molds. These masters will be produced by CNC Precision Machining or SLA Printing with Primer Painting. Whatever they are made from, their appearance surface must be very smooth and tolerance controlled well then the parts from silicone mold can be satisfied.
Step 2: Making Silicone Mold, 2 types of silicone molds including white and transparent. Transparent silicone mold is especially for duplicating transparent acrylic parts which have appearance model requirements. Also there are 2 types of transparent polyurethane resin considering different properties PU similarity PMMA and PU similarity PC, the difference between them is transparency and strength. PU PMMA has better transparency usually used for appearance model when PU PC has better strength usually for functional model.
Step 3: Casting parts by silicone mold. Using types of polyurethane resin to duplicate parts with great surface detail and fidelity. Molds are durable for 20 or more copies. In this way for low volume projects budgets can be reduced a lot compared to CNC prototype or SLA prototype. Surface finish is usually done for all duplicated parts including painting, plating, printing, sometimes, can textured directly from vacuum casting silicone molds. The most challengeable skill is over molding in polyurethane vacuum casting. We need to over mold PU similarity Rubber material to CNC prototype plastic parts or CNC metal parts or PU similarity plastic parts onto CNC sheet metal parts.