Silicone Compression Molding is a molding process that places the thermosetting material into a heated cavity mold applying pressure to make the two plates get closely touched and material shapes in the mold.
What is the difference between Silicone Injection Molding and Silicone Compression Molding? There are several tips:
Silicone compression molding is relatively easy. This simplicity may be due to the small number of components involved. Such components include raw materials, heated molds, and stoppers; While the process of silicone Injection molding is more complex, requiring a hopper, injection molding unit, heater, hydraulic cylinder, and sometimes other components.
Silicone Injection Molding is usually ideal for small-batch production. Injection molding is best when your application does not rely on multiple prototypes of the same type. For example, one of the advantages of injection molding over compression molding is that silicone injection molding is more practical. This is a low-cost option that helps you determine the changes required for your product before total production is effectively running.
While Silicone compression molding is most suitable for mass production. It enables you to check the quality and other post-manufacturing things in shorter periods
III. Lead Time Length
Although silicone compression molding is best suited for high-volume production, the process has a much longer lead time compared to silicone injection molding. The process of silicone injection molding is shorter and more reliable for customers who need faster prototype testing. You don’t have to wait before evaluating the productivity of your product. The shorter lead time for injection molding compared to compression molding helps manufacturers to focus on other important operational aspects.