Earlier this month Albright Technologies' project engineer, Matt Bont, gave a presentation at the Shin-Etsu Silicones Open House on Alternative Methods of Prototyping Liquid Silicone Parts. Click here to view the presentation as well as other presentations from industry suppliers. Click here to read the rest of the October newsletter.

Two common tests are (1) to put the device or component under pressure using regulated compressed air and then submerging in water or other fluid. The leaks will show as bubbles or (2) use a colored die solution that contrasts with your part colors under pressure and the die will highlight leaks. Ultimately whenever possible…

While it depends on the specific application, generally molded silicone parts will have a considerable life expectancy. Once fully cross-linked a silicone rubber part will be virtually inert, meaning it won't degrade or react chemically with most anything in the environment, aggressive solvents can break silicone down. Compared to thermoplastic elastomers and other rubbers silicone…

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