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An Introduction to silicone

Silicone is a popular material for making moulds, and at Forma Moulds we're often asked about it. So let's take an in-depth look at five frequently asked questions to give you all of the knowledge needed!

Why is silicone more expensive than other rubbers?

Silicone is the second most abundant element on Earth and yet remains one of those materials that you'll only find in rare occasions. This might be because it's expensive to produce, or just how popular other options like natural rubbers are becoming these days!

In spite this, though there may exist some uses for which silicone could come handy - especially when considering its durability against wear and tear compared with many others types out there. The cost of silicone is easily justified as it’s the best in class elastomer for extreme temperature environments where other rubbers simply can't function.

Why choose silicone rubber?

Silicone rubber is one of the most common materials used in modern day appliances. It has a variety applications from rail cars, aircrafts and electronics to HVAC systems because it can withstand extreme environments with its non-reactive characteristics that make up for stability under pressure or high temperatures without breaking down easily

Silicones also resist creep when heated which means they won't change shape over time unlike other types such as natural rubbers does due their inability response quickly enough after being melted during manufacturing process.

What temperatures can silicone withstand?

Silicone is a material that can withstand very low or high temperatures without changing shape, texture or performance. This makes it perfect for use in many different products and applications where you need something with consistent properties throughout its range of usage conditions - like cooking utensils! One great thing about silicone over other materials such as metal would be how easily cleanable they are too; just throw away any dirty dishes after using them on your stovetop so nothing sticks around beyond what's needed

What is the shelf life of a silicone product?

Silicone products have a variety of different shelf lives depending on how they are treated. For example, placing your silicone product in perfect temperature controlled conditions can give it 10 years or more before degradation starts happening and reducing its lifespan accordingly. However if you expose them too extreme temperatures like those found near boiling water for extended periods then watch out because these materials will degrade much faster than others!

Where is silicone rubber used?

Silicone rubber is frequently used in the following sectors

  • Moulding

  • Aerospace

  • Automotive

  • Communication Infrastructure (EMI)

  • Construction

  • Dairy

  • Displays

  • Electronics

  • Energy

  • Food & Beverage

  • Heat press and vacuum forming

  • HVAC

  • Industrial

  • Marine

  • Military

  • Oil and Gas

  • White Goods

What now?

So, now you will have a basic understanding of silicone. These queries give you a small flavour of some of the frequently asked questions, but our team of experts will be happy to answer any other enquiries you might have and go into detail to help you find the silicone product best for you. You can contact us via the contact us page, or call us on 01789224228




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