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Rubber injection molding questions

Rubber injection molding questions

Currently I run a six hundred ton rubber injection molding press.     Mold has six cavities.

How do I go about calculating the tonnage required for a given mold with rubber?  Is it the same "projected area" calculation that thermoplastic molding uses?   Or are there additional factors I need to be aware of.

Ultimate goal is to refurbish some of our "expired" cavities by re-plating them, re-polishing them and building a new frame to house them.    We do not want another 600 ton press,  we are thinking 200 or 400 ton.

Ideal situation would be to find out 1 cavity = 100 tons for our application because then we could acquire a new press on the cheap.   

BFL Dreamworks
"If we don't have an answer we'll get one"


RE: Rubber injection molding questions


I've always used the area at the parting line, which seems to work.  We've never independently verified the internal mold pressure, though.

RE: Rubber injection molding questions


Thank you for your help.   I suppose if it works it works, eh?  :D

I tracked down a few good books on the subject, we'll see what they say.

BFL Dreamworks
"If we don't have an answer we'll get one"


RE: Rubber injection molding questions


Let me know what the book says, it's one of those questions I've asked several different rubber mold shops, and can't get a firm answer.  I can see where for transfer and compression molds the answer is only pertinent to the mold designer (me); but for injection molding it would start to affect enough different pieces of equipment that it would become important...

RE: Rubber injection molding questions

I know thermoplastic injection molding inside and out.    Rubber... is totally different in many respects.   In fact I think they gave it certain properties just to piss me off.   I mean... making the feed-stock warmer actually DECREASES the flowy-ness (increases viscosity).   And don't get me started on this rapid-onset curing induced by injecting it TOO FAST.    Sheesh.


Seriously it's always great to learn new skills,  I'm having a ball.    So long as the scrap stays below .5 percent I'm free to experiment.  

BFL Dreamworks
"If we don't have an answer we'll get one"


RE: Rubber injection molding questions

Welcome to the wonderful world of rubber.

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