Why is aluminum and not steel used to build prototype molds for molding medical silicone parts?

Question: Why is aluminum and not steel used to build prototype molds for molding medical silicone parts?

Answer: Aluminum is used to build prototype molds because an aluminum mold is easier to machine than a steel mold. As a result, the aluminum mold can be built faster than the steel mold which leads to a lower cost in building prototype molds and a shorter lead time. Due to the fact that the aluminum mold doesn’t have as long tool life as the steel mold does, the prototype molds don’t require the longevity of tool life due to prototyping purposes. Therefore, the aluminum mold is generally preferred over the steel mold for molding medical silicone parts.

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About Hean

Prior to joining Albright Technologies, Hean was an intern and a part-time employee at Berry Plastics. After starting at Albright Technologies in May 2011 as an intern, he recently became a full-time employee as a Project Engineer in Training. Currently his responsibilities include, designing molds, programming codes for tools, inspecting articles, setting up a LIM machine and anything else that helps the team move forward. Hean received his Associates degree in Liberal Arts and a concentration in Physical Science from Middlesex Community College in 2008, and a Bachelors degree in Plastics Engineering with a business minor from UMass Lowell in 2011.