If you are an artisan that creates molds for soaps, jewelry, and other projects then you know how much rubber or silicone you can go through. In most cases, you can only use the silicone or rubber for one application or project. This can become costly to you when you have specialty requests that will only be used once or twice. One option is to go with a TPE or TPV polymer. Here are three reasons you should use it in your next projects.
Ability to Reheat
One of the main reasons you should consider using TPE and TPV for your molding business is the ability to reheat and reform the compound. The compound will melt when it goes above a certain temperature. Once it has melted, you can pour it into the form you need and create the mold you want. When you decide to stop using a mold design for a client, or your own purposes, you can simply reheat the compound and reform it for another project or new idea. This is not something that can be done with traditional silicone and related rubbers or compounds.
Ability to Withstand High Temperatures
One of the things you may be worried about is the completed molds ability to hold up to regular high temperatures. This is a concern when you are creating a mold that will be used outdoors or that may be exposed to extreme daily temperatures during summer months. A silicone option may begin to breakdown after continuous high temperature exposure. This is not the case with TPE and TPV. Once molded, you would have to expose the compound to very high temperatures to melt it. Daily temperatures will not damage it or break it down.
Ability to Conform
If you want a material that will conform easily without breaking and damaging the final outcome of the project, then TPE and TPV may be ideal. The material, once created into the design you want, the final product will still be able to conform. For example, if you have a mold you want to make for a flower, you will need the final mold to be flexible. It needs to move easily to pop out anything used in the mold such as food or a resin. You also need the mold to return back to its normal shape. You can get this with TPE and TPV.
If you decide that TPV and TPE are ideal for your molding projects and business, contact your local industrial supplies dealer. They can help you with ordering the TPE and TPV as well as ordering the right supplies to use and manipulate the compounds. They can also answer questions you may have, including pricing.