Thermoset Molding Compounds
A thermoset material is made of polymer resins that are cured through a heat and chemical cross-linking process. This curing process transforms the resin into its final form. Once the cross-linking has taken place, the material cannot be melted or re-shaped. Thermoset materials are generally stronger than thermoplastic materials and are better suited to high-temperature and high-strength applications. Thermoset materials are an excellent candidate for products being considered for metal replacement.
- Polyester fiberglass systems such as sheet molding and bulk molding compounds
- Phenolic – Bakelite
- BMC – bulk molding compound
- SMC – sheet molding compound
- Silicone rubber
- Melamine/phenolic diallyl ortho phthalate
Why Choose a Thermoset Material?
Thermoset composite materials are an ideal choice when choosing a material for a product that needs the following properties:
- Dimensional stability
- High heat resistance
- Electrical insulation
- High flex strength
- Thermal insulation
- Corrosion resistance
- Creep resistance
- Low fluid absorption
What Are the Applications of Thermoset Material?
Typical applications for these materials are:
- Electrical enclosures, toggle bars, levers, switch bases, spacers and slip rings
- Automotive caps and housings
- Shower and bath fixtures
- Small and large appliance handles, control panels, side and end panels
- Outdoor grill shelves and control knobs
- Lighting luminaires, bases and covers
Ci-Dell molds and machines to military specifications when requested.
This specification has been approved by the Department of Defense and is mandatory for use by the Departments of the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force.