Rubber has an interesting history, and it has played a great role in industrialisation and modernisation. It drove the economic boom of Brazil in the 19th century. A crucial event in rubber’s history is Charles Goodyears’ discovery of vulcanisation. This opened up the research and advancements on wheels for automobiles and different vehicles. This has also led inspired other processes done to rubber.
Here in New Zealand, we have utilised rubber heavily in our industrial and agricultural industries. The gumboots are even part of our social landscape, and we fondly call our capital Wellington gumboots.
Modern uses of rubber are now countless. We have teats and cups for agriculture; bellows, impellers, and anti-fatigue matting for the industrial sector; and door stops and plugs for architectural fittings and so much more. Rubber’s durability and pliability make it ideal for so many items. Auckland based manufacturer Field Rubber LTD states that rubber is indispensable to many applications and is frequently used by engineers and designers. Rubber even makes great moulding material. Mass-produced everyday items such as drainboards, sinks, and soap dishes are moulded with rubber.
Capture Intricate Details
Rubber moulds, especially silicone rubbers, capture the finest and tiniest details, including undercuts. In making hand replicas, rubber can even capture the hand model’s fingerprints. When a moulded object is released from the rubber mould, it comes out without damage, bearing the mould’s intricate detail.
Work Fast with Minimal Errors
Once, the moulds are created, moulding can be done easily and quickly. A lot of things can be reproduced with rubber mould, and the object comes out without harm to its surfaces. As the object comes out whole, and its surface is not harmed the manufacturing process has minimal errors and production can continue smoothly.
Save on Production Cost
With the above mentioned benefits, manufacturers can save on production cost. Since mistakes can be kept to a minimum, the process will not need constant reproduction due to errors, and this brings financial savings. Another benefit of rubber moulds is that a lot of types of rubber do not need release agents, which will be another saving for businesses.
With the advances in technology, rubber will be utilised for more applications. For moulding, more items can be massed-produced with more precise details and fewer errors.