Neoprene dip molding is the process of creating a molded component by dipping a mold into neoprene. Neoprene is a synthetic rubber substance that can also be known as polychloroprene and PC- rubber. It is similar to latex, but is safe for those with a latex allergy. Additional benefits of neoprene include chemical stability, temperature resistance, chemical resistance, fire retardant properties, resistant to cutting and tearing, and a flexible foundation.
Some industrial products that can be molded from neoprene include O-rings, hoses, gaskets, seals, diaphragms, grommets, and bellows. Metals including stainless steel, brass, and aluminum are all capable of being dipped in neoprene since it adheres well to metals. Neoprene is commonly used in the gas and oil industry because of its resistance to many of the chemicals and heat used.
The neoprene dip molding and coating process has numerous advantages. Tooling costs and lead times are much less than other processes, and they are ideal for high-volume orders. Neoprene dipped parts can be made into a multitude of shapes, sizes, and can be bonded to many different substrates. Common bonding processes include neoprene to metal bonding, polychloroprene to metal bonding.