Polyurethane vacuum cast components produced from Silicone Mould Tooling (SMT) are an economical way of producing production like parts for exhibitions, market research, batch prototyping, or in some instances, low-volume production.
The required surface finish for the parts is created by the master pattern used, typically an SLA model finished to the required specification, such as spark finish or gloss. An existing component can also be used as the master pattern.
CRDM has an extensive range of Vacuum Casting Resins designed to emulate most thermoplastics (eg PP, ABS) in look, feel, colour and physical properties such as high heat resistance, flame retardant (UL94 V0) and UV stability. This range allows us to closely match to your production intent materials.
Vacuum Casting Advantages…
- Typically 10-12 day delivery for first off parts
- Tools then typically cycled 2 to 5 times per day, subject to size and complexity.
- Vacuum Casting tool life between 10 and 20 parts
- Soft rubber materials through to rigid thermoplastic mimics
- Colour matched to RAL, Pantone, NCS or supplied sample
- Surface finish matched to VDI spark finish, Moldtech or supplied sample
- Over moulding and insert moulding
Some Vacuum Casting considerations…
- Thick sections can affect part accuracy
- High temp resins require additional post curing
- Tolerances depend on geometry but typically ±0.2mm up to 100mm, ±0.2% over 100mm
- Evidence of feeds, vents and split lines may be present – call us to discuss
Please download CRDM Tolerance Standards PDF for Vacuum Casting tolerances.