Silicone can be used as a hard material or as a fluid to provide flexibility and durability. It can even be used as an infill for holes and other hard to fill areas. This means that it is possible to have many different uses that wouldn't be possible with other materials.
One of the most common and most widely used applications for silicone is in the area of custom molding and production. Many rubber parts found in electronics and other industries can benefit from the use of silicon, as its elasticity provides a level of strength that can help handle callous, high-stress conditions. Other uses of silicone rubber parts can be found in a number of industries, including aerospace, power generation, medical, petrochemical, plumbing, printing, auto, military, and even art and design. While it is true that these industries make up a significant portion of the marketplace, countless more industries would benefit from silicone products if they were adequately developed, manufactured, and tested. One of the considerable advantages of using silicone for these purposes is that it offers excellent heat resistance, excellent electrical conductivity, chemical resistance, and excellent wear and tear resistance.
It should be noted that although silicone can certainly perform many of the same functions as traditional plastic materials, it does have some distinct advantages over those plastics. First, silicone can maintain its elasticity at high temperatures so that it can be used for things such as compression molded parts. Second, it can be easily molded into complex shapes, which can lead to an increase in productivity and reduced costs.
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