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07-01-2006, 10:09 PM
:wave: Hi every body.
My name is mike and this is the first time i am on this site.
My problem is the following:
I want to mockup a couple of panels for a bike and can't find anywhere here (Here is in Gibraltar!) the right stuff to actually model the panel and then take a negative mould from it in GRP.
I hope any of you guys and girls can give me tip where i can find the stuff.
By the way if any of you know about any silicone or rubber mould material which is cheap and can be used for short production runs please point me in the right direction.
Thanks a lot for up
07-06-2006, 07:15 PM
Hi Mike & welcome to WC.
Sorry, it looks like no one has a clue about clay for mock-ups & silicone molding material.
Maybe you could pop over to the sculpture forum & someone there would have some answers.
07-29-2006, 06:05 PM
The types of clay that you need to use for your application are Industrial Styling Clays and these particular clays need an external heat source to soften them such as a warming oven. The companies that come to mind are Chavant, (http://www.chavant.com/index_main.shtml) Kolb (http://www.kolb-technology.com/studioline/index.php?content=e_2_0_0) and Faber (http://www.eberhardfaber.com/industrial_products_eberhardfaber.EBERHARDFABER?ActiveID=17343). All these Industrial Clays are used by the major Automotive Design Studios throughout the world in the development of their future products. These clays are heated in a warming oven to temperatures of approx. 140 degrees F. to bring them to a working temperature. Once applied the clay will harden then special modeling tools are used to produce the necessary shape required.
As in your own application this would be the method to use. Additional clay can be applied to correct any form that you are not happy with. I would browse the live links to find the nearest supplier of the type of clay you want to use. All of these clays have very similar properties so it doesn't really matter which one you use, just find the nearest supplier.
With the silicone casting rubbers, there are so many for different applications, checkout BJB Enterprises (http://www.bjbenterprises.com/index.php)to give you an insight to the many available then you should be able to find someone locally to provide you with a similar product.
Best of luck,
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