Prototype to Low-Volume Production with Urethane Casting
- Near-production quality
- Ability to formulate urethane to mimic the qualities of numerous other materials
- Low tooling costs
- Minimal finishing required
- Fast turnaround times
What Makes Us Different?
Urethane casting is the ideal process to produce near-production quality parts for prototypes and other low-volume needs. The urethane casting process utilizes 3D printing and silicone rubber molds, keeping tooling costs low and turnaround times fast. The unique properties of many production-grade materials can be closely duplicated through different urethane formulations.
- Low tooling costs
- Silicone rubber molds are created around a 3D printed model — one of RevPart’s core capabilities.
- All steps of the process are carried out in-house.
- No need for costly steel or other metal molds.
- Fast turnaround times
- RevPart’s in-house capabilities mean that we control all lead times.
- Our 48-hour quoting process means no delays at any step of the way.
- 3D printed models and silicone molds can be produced in days, not weeks.
- Closely reproduce the properties of other materials
- The properties of urethane allow different formulations for different properties, reducing material costs.
- Test the design and aesthetics of parts prior to full production runs.
- Easy color reproduction through a wide variety of paints.
- Little to no finishing required
- Original 3D printed models are finished to the required specs, meaning that parts typically will not need to be finished after being molded.
- Molds are designed to minimize flash and part lines.
- Less finishing means faster delivery times.
Since the urethane casting process starts with a 3D printed master pattern and utilizes silicone rubber molds, RevPart’s capabilities are ideally suited to execute the process efficiently and with our signature commitment to quality. We are well-versed in a wide range of different materials and formulations, and will work with you to create urethane casted parts exactly to your specs.
How Does Urethane Casting Work?
Urethane casting makes the most of high-efficiency, low-volume processes to produce quality prototypes that can provide the most accurate representation of your finished part. Urethane casting starts with a 3D printed model, which is then finished to the exact specs required for the piece, eliminating later finishing steps. This 3D printed model is then surrounded by room-temperature vulcanized (RTV) rubber, which is allowed to set, forming the mold. Once the mold is set, it is cut or separated and the original 3D printed model removed, creating the cavity where the urethane will be injected. Finally, the molding process is carried out much like production-level injection molding, creating the final parts.
Urethane Casting Process
Getting the quote:
At RevPart, we want your experience to be as fast and efficient as possible, wire to wire — and that includes the quoting process. Our goal is to give you the tools you need to provide us with everything we need to get you an accurate quote, fast. Be sure to include: How many pieces you’ll need to produce, a description of the part (size, shape, features), and details on the material formulation (for instance, what material you’ll be using for your production run).
Building the mold:
Our expertise in 3D printing means that we can create a mold to urethane cast just about any part. We are experienced in using the 3D printing process in innovative ways to quickly produce even the most complex formulations. Since you’re starting with a high-quality pattern, you can rest assured that the remainder of the process builds from there. Once the mold pouring and vulcanizing process is complete, we draw on years of experience to choose ideal placement for the gate, sprue and part lines — creating a part that’s essentially ready for shipment once cast.
Make the parts:
Designed for low-volume runs, silicone rubber molds create parts of similar quality to high-volume runs. We work with you to determine the particular material qualities you’re looking for, and formulate the urethane accordingly. The thermoset urethane is heated to cure, at which point any finishing steps, including flash and sprue trimming — usually minimal — are executed. From here, your parts are inspected by our quality engineers, and delivered to you.
Urethane Casting Options
Urethane is one of the most versatile materials available, and can be manipulated to provide a wide range of properties, textures, hardnesses and so on. At RevPart, we take pride in our versatility, and are ready to work with you to overcome any challenges in creating the parts you need.
We can produce exactly the shade that is needed through our wide variety of paints.
The urethane casting process is ideal for custom finishes and textures — due to the nature of the 3D printed original pattern and the qualities of the silicone rubber mold. We can texture the mold and part according to any SPI finish or MT finish, as well as any custom design you may require.
Urethane is versatile and able to nearly reproduce the qualities of a number of materials, including ABS, PP and PE. When ABS-like, PP-like and PE-like prototypes are needed, you save on the cost of low-volume quantities of those materials by making use of the versatility of urethane.
When additional requirements beyond urethane casting are needed to create your part, we can provide them, including spray painting, pad printing, screen printing and more.
The RevPart Difference
At RevPart, a versatile process like urethane casting is perfect for us — it builds off our natural capacity for innovation and creative problem solving, and we’re ready to use it to help you. We are committed to maintaining the speed and convenience of such an efficient process, never letting administrative steps get in the way. From initial quote through production, and on to QA and delivery, we can produce the high-quality, low-volume parts you need, when you need them — or sooner.
Call 844-738-7278 or fill out our contact form to speak with us today. Still have questions? We are here to help with any questions you may have about urethane casting.