Compression Molding | Custom Compression Molded Products
At Qualiform, we consider compression molding one of the first rubber molding processes. Compression molding is a common process for thermoplastic stock shape materials. Qualiform offers numerous rubber materials to choose from. After the choice is made, we place the material in a mold cavity. Imagine a waffle iron, the shape takes form after we apply heat and pressure!
When to Use Compression Molding
Qualiform offers multiple types of custom rubber molding. Our team of technical experts can help choose the process that’s best for your application. When it comes to compression molding specifically, it is often the chosen method for economical production. Compression molding is best for low to medium production as well as low volume production for medium to large parts. It is also the best rubber molding process for materials with a high cost and applications that demand extreme hardness.
The compression process is capable of producing a diverse range of precision rubber components and the affordable production of large, intricate products. Common uses include the production of environmental seal products such as rubber o-rings, seals and gaskets.
Pros of Rubber Compression Molding
- Tooling costs are comparatively low
- Low residual stress left in stock shape
- Short setup time — saves on short production runs!
- Processes stiff, high durometer materials
- Ideal for large parts that require an extensive cure time
- Maximization of cavity count
- Ideal for low volume part requirements
- Ability to process most elastomers and cure systems
Cons of Compression Molded Rubber
- Longer cycle times — not ideal for large volume
- Mid-range precision and consistency
- Labor-intensive process
What Types of Materials Can You Use?
Qualiform are the experts of rubber. We can mold both synthetic and natural rubbers. These materials include:
- Colored Compounds
- Natural Rubber
- Fiber Molding
Questions & Quotations
In order to receive a quotation please follow these steps:
-Provide us with a sample or provide us with a sample or print of your part
-Please include the estimate of your annual usage requirements for tooling design.
-Specify the type of material you wish to use. If you’re unsure, describe the environment in which you will use the tooling.
Our technical staff is available to answer any questions! Call (330) 336-6777, or submit a question through our Contact Form.