Types of flexibility (Shore) in silicone casting rubber

We have a wide range of different types of silicone casting rubbers in different Shores. You can read exactly what that means in this article!

What is silicone casting rubber?

Silicone casting rubbers are used to make flexible moulds for copying objects. Once the mould is made, it can be cast with epoxy, polyester, polyurethane, plaster, concrete, etc. Due to its flexibility and self-dissolving properties, the material is also great for copying fine details. The existing object is copied exactly.

What types of silicone casting rubber are there?

The silicones are available in different mates of flexibility (Shore) and we have available in 2 varieties: silicone casting rubber with a mixing ratio of 1:1 and silicone casting rubber with a 10:1 mixing ratio.

Silicone casting rubber Shore 8

Shore 8 is the softest and most flexible silicone in our range. This Shore is used for moulds with difficult to release shapes. In addition, this silicone is very suitable for use in the erotic industry. The mixing ratio is 1:1 by weight.

Silicone casting rubber Shore 15

Shore 15 is most commonly used for Resin Art molds. This casting rubber is flexible, easy to use and has a low viscosity. This makes this casting rubber very suitable for making epoxy molds. We have these in two types: m1:1 mixing ratio and 10:1 mixing ratio. We explain the differences between the two later in this article.

Silicone casting rubber Shore 25

If you are looking for a slightly flexible silicone, you can use Shore 25. This is suitable for making silicone molds with medium detailing. Because this silicone is just a bit stronger than Shore 15, it is also suitable for making concrete molds. The mixing ratio is 1:1 by weight.

Silicone casting rubber Shore 40

Shore 40 is a hard silicone that is the least flexible of all types. This silicone is perfect to use for making large molds or for concrete molds. We have this silicone in a 1:1 mixing ratio and 10:1 mixing ratio.

1:1 and 10:1 mixing ratio

Of Shore 15 and Shore 40, we have 2 types. In terms of properties after curing, they are very similar, but these are the properties of both:

Casting rubber 1:1

  • Processing time of 10 minutes.
  • Shore 15 is blue and Shore 40 is black.
  • Mixing ratio of 1:1 by weight.
  • Temperature resistant 200°C long-term and 300°C short-term.
  • Food safe.

Casting rubber 10:1

  • Processing time of 2 hours.
  • Translucent, colorable with pigment.
  • Mixing ratio 10:1 by weight.
  • Temperature resistant 250°C long-term and 350°C short-term.
  • Food safe.

Additions

We have silicone oil and a thickener for silicone in our range. These are additives for in the silicone casting rubber.

Silicone oilie increases the Shore/hardness by about 1 point, thus making the current silicone a little softer and more flexible. Add up to 15% to the casting rubber.

Silicone thickener thickens the silicone casting rubber. This agent is also suitable for vertical application. Add 1-3% to the casting rubber. In the video below you can see how Kees applies the thickener!

 

More information about silicone rubber?

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