RTV Urethane Casting
A cost-effective alternative to injection molding
Looking to create aesthetically pleasing, functional end-use parts in color and texture with repeatable quality output?
This manufacturing process is similar to injection molding, but boasts significantly lower tooling costs.
While injection molding is great for high volume production, urethane casting is ideal for prototyping, bridge production, and production ranging from 10-1,000 units.
HOW IT WORKS
An overview of the urethane casting process
A master pattern that is either CNC machined or 3D printed with SLA from a CAD file is placed in a mold frame. Liquid silicone is then poured around it to form a mold.
Once mold curing is complete, it is split in half and the pattern is removed – leaving a cavity in the shape of the end part. Resin is then poured into the mold. Once cured, the final part is removed.
This process can be repeated up to 20 times on the same mold before it is considered fully deteriorated, after which a new mold is cast from the master pattern.
Explore popular uses for this traditional manufacturing method
- Bridge production
- Functional end-use parts
- Low volume production
- Pilot program for user testing
- Large cosmetic parts
- Sales samples
MACHINE TECHNICAL DETAILS
+/- 0.010”, but is extremely feature dependent.
Molds last for 20 parts (dependent on geometry and material used). This process is ideal volume 10-1000 units.
Matte, smooth, polished (for clear parts).
- High Temp/PC-like
- Clear Acrylic-like
- Clear TPU
Keep wall thicknesses manageable: 1mm minimum to allow for mold filling.
Ensure the mold can be released. No geometries that capture the mold, like narrow mouthed vessels. Many undercuts can be successfully molded.
Gain answers to common questions about the cast urethane process.