Engineered Elastomer: Pentathane®

Molded Dimensions, Inc. is a custom molder of cast polyurethane and molded rubber. Pentathane® is MDI's trade name for our custom, cast polyurethane formulations.

Load-bearing, abrasion and impact resistant machined poured parts. Pentathane® is known for:

Outstanding Physical Properties


The two main types of cast polyurethanes, Polyester and Polyether, offer specific properties:

Compression molded cast urethane parts. Ester

Ether

Key Advantages of Cast Polyurethane

Typical material competitors for cast polyurethane applications are metal, rubber and plastic. Cast polyurethane is tougher, stronger and has many other advantages as well.

Mold release coats open cast, compression, and spin cast urethane tooling. vs Metal:

vs Rubber:

vs Plastic:

Insert prep for roller, mount, impellor, and gear applications.

Typical Applications


Molding Technologies

Polyurethane (PU) can be molded in a variety of ways — open cast, compression, spin cast and low pressure injection. PU tooling is lower cost due to the simplicity of the tooling, the ability to gravity feed individual cavities, and the constant temperature processing, requiring no cooling lines.

Insert Molding

When additional mechanical structure is needed in a component, cast urethane is easily overmolded onto a substrate. A variety of metals including carbon steel, aluminum, stainless, brass and bronze can be used. Non-metallic, rigid materials, such as fiberglass and glass-filled nylon, are also candidates.

Urethane may be either mechanically or chemically bonded to an insert. Mechanical bond is the encapsulation of the substrate without the use of a secondary adhesive. A chemical bond utilizes an adhesive system to ensure an unyielding bond between the substrate and urethane.

Finishing Operations

Finishing operations include deflashing, machining, grinding, die cutting, and kitting.

Annual Volume Sold

MDI has low to mid volume PU production capabilities. Some of our customers, including military, often only require small production runs, while other customers require weekly releases and a supporting KanBan program to keep them in supply. The systems and methodologies we learn from larger, more structured companies can be applied to benefit customers across the board.

Part or Product Size

Precision mechanical PU components range in size from 50 grams to over 60 pounds. In-house production utilizes a range of hot table and oven sizes for open cast molding, with our largest ovens measuring 10' square, and presses up to 24" square for compression molding.

Industries Served

Our diverse customer base crosses many industries, as we like to say "from medical to mining." The engineering expertise we gain based on the range of parts we manufacture benefits all customers with high quality, consistent product meeting application requirements. In addition, the knowledge and experience gained from servicing large-scale customers with high service and quality requirements benefits all customers no matter size or industry.

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