Measuring the Durometer of Medical Grade Silicone

How is the “softness” (durometer) of medical grade silicone measured?

This is a question that comes up almost every day when discussing new project ideas with perspective clients. The softness or durometer of all polymers/elastomers/rubbers is measured essentially the same way and the term while commonly used to describe the material hardness, actually originated from the device used to take the measurement a duro-meter. There are lots of different designs for this device, click here to compare pricing and options and get a general feel for what they look like and how they work.

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