Fabricating and Molding with XIAMETER® Silicone Rubber
Extrusion – Continuously extruding uncured rubber through a die to form a desired, uniform, cross-sectional size and shape before curing. With the right materials you can increase your extrusion manufacturing efficiencies.
- High production rates, short lead times
- Ideal for tubing rods, larger gaskets, seals, wire insulation, preforms for compression molding
- Learn more – download our extrusion fabrication guide (PDF: 704 KB)
Injection molding – Extruding unvulcanized preform rubber through a cylinder into a closed heated mold.
- High production rates and molding cycles possible
- No preform preparation
- No trimming required with correct mold design
- Ideal for products requiring close dimensional tolerances, uniformity
- Learn more – download our injection molding fabrication guide (PDF: 257 KB)
Compression molding – Placing preform rubber into a heated mold and then into a press to allow the silicone elastomer to melt and fill the mold cavity.
- Low to medium production rates
- Economical method for short runs and start-up production
- Short setup time
- Low waste with correct mold design
- Ability to mold large, fairly intricate parts
- Ideal for gaskets, seals, O-rings
- Learn more – download our compression molding fabrication guide (PDF: 430 KB)
Calendaring – Compressing silicone rubber in a multi-roll process to produce continuous sheeting.
- Ideal as precursor for mandrel-wrapped hoses and ducts or to die-cut seals
- Can be coated onto fabrics or unsupported in very low coat weights/thicknesses
- Can be cured inline to provide continuous roll of solid or sponged sheeting
- Learn more – download our calendaring fabrication guide (PDF: 519 KB)