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, the aluminum mold can be built faster than the steel mold which leads to a lower cost in building prototype molds and a shorter lead time. Due to the fact that the aluminum mold doesn’t have as long tool life as the steel mold does, the prototype molds don’t require the longevity of tool life due to prototyping purposes. Therefore, the aluminum mold is generally preferred over the steel mold for molding medical silicone parts.

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Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor joined the Albright Technologies team in September of 2014. Previously, he worked in the plastics and rubber industries for 7 years in multiple sales, marketing and management roles. Ryan received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Clark University in 2009. At Albright, Ryan works to increase business development through multiple marketing channels and networking within the industries that the company serves. In his spare time outside of work, Ryan enjoys skiing, driving and travelling.

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