To understand why neoprene molding offers an advantage over other molding options for a wide range of different products, it is first important to know about the properties and characteristics of the material.
The Basics of Neoprene
Neoprene is a very common type of synthetic rubber that is found in consumer goods, home accessories, gardening equipment and in all types of fabrication. It is also used in medical slings and lift harnesses as well as other components.
Neoprene is also known as polychloroprene is produced when chloroprene goes through a polymerization process. It can be found in a solid form, which is ideal for the molding of parts and components as well as in a latex form that can adjust to the specific requirements of the application. The latex form is used for orthopedic braces and for specific types of electrical insulation or for belts and membranes used in vehicle engines.
Neoprene has been on the market since 1931. It was first developed by DuPont in the 1930s. At that time, it was called DuPrene. The compound was not well received as the specific formula and processing method at that time left the product with a very strong chemical smell. Developing the modern production method over the next few years eliminated the problematic odor.
There are several different advantages to using neoprene molding to produce parts and components. This is a very strong material that has a significantly longer life cycle than either natural rubber or other synthetic rubbers.
It can stand up to exposure to most chemicals and is superior to many other injectable plastics in this regards. It is considered to be excellent for chemical corrosion resistance and it is also resistant to exposure to oil, gasoline and other types of fluids.
Compared to other types of natural and synthetic rubbers, it is also tear resistance. This makes it a good choice for gaskets and other types of fittings and components where durability as well as top performance is critical.
Neoprene molding also produced parts that have a very high tensile strength per weight ratio. It is considered to be excellent with regards to abrasion resistance and also has ideal compression set properties. This means that it will return to the original shape after being deformed through the application of force.
While neoprene is a good choice for molded parts and components, it is only one of the options to consider. Evaluating the specific requirements of the components and comparing neoprene to other polymers will help determine if it is the right option.
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