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PLASTIFORM is the worldwide leading brand of 3D replicating products for metrology.
With more than 30 years of experience, Plastiform has developed a special silicone product that can be used on every industrial parts. This product replicates any internal or external form with a micron precision, and the replica is used to control the dimensions of the part. This method works against industrial waste and avoids destructive testing.
“Today, Plastiforms are essentials and has become a benchmark in the most demanding fields, including aeronautic, oil and gas, defence, the automotive industry, watchmaking and many others. “
To address this issue, Plastiform has developed a wide range of impression products that can simplify many conformity inspections and provide an efficient, cost-saving and convenient solution for technicians or operators.
ROUGHNESS CONTROL Ra
When checking the roughness of your parts, it is possible to face some difficulties to access the area and implement the measuring devices.
To overcome this problem, the P80 Ra has been specially developed to copy and replicate the surface roughness so that it can be more easily measured directly on the impression by the roughness meter.
VISUAL INSPECTION OF THE SURFACE FINISH
The surface finish can be a difficult element to check, especially in inaccessible areas of machined parts.
However, its control is very important in some industries (cosmetics, packaging, molding…). It allows to check for shape defects, wave defects, defects inside grooves and stries or even localized marks due to the tooling.
PROTECTION, MASKING AND SEAL
In order to protect the parts against various treatments (sandblasting, painting, polishing, chemical or thermal treatment, etc.) it is often necessary to create tailor-made protections.
Thanks to plastiforms, you can design your protections quickly and without worries of reliability. The resistance of the plastiforms allows them to withstand any test
FIX, MAINTAIN AND CLAMP
It is often necessary to hold a part during certain procedures (machining, measuring, polishing…), or to consolidate it or even to avoid vibrations.
This can be complex when the part is warped or fragile. Plastiform range allows you to reinforce, clamp and hold any part. In addition, thanks to a custom application process, you will be able to define all the parameters of your protections. (Rigidity, dimensions, etc.)
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With the Plastiform case, you will have all the accessories you need to take an impression in 3 dimensions and use it. Customize your case or opt for our already referenced solutions available !
MEASURE PLASTIFORM IMPRESSIONS
Once the Plastiform impressions have been extracted, there is still a difficulty to overcome in order to obtain the dimensions required by the operation. Indeed, depending on the replica extracted, it is more or less obvious to control it with the measuring devices available in your company.
As a general rule, we recommend that Plastiform impressions should always be checked using a non-contact inspection machine. In order to optimize their results, the use of the Double Blade Cutter is recommended: it will cut an intact profile within the replica.
Positioning the section to be controlled will be child’s play and will allow you to ensure perfect accuracy for your measurements.
It is also possible to measure some impressions using a contact measurement system. We do not recommend this solution because it will affect the final accuracy of the measurement. However, this solution is possible if micron accuracy is not your target. All products with a final hardness greater than 50 Shore A are eligible for this measurement method.
However, you must know that the pressure applied by these devices to the impression will deform it, thus altering its measurement.
Based on this principle, you must decide on your metrological objectives: are you looking for precision to the micron or are you looking for relative precision? Depending on the answer and the means at your disposal, you will be able to apply the control method that best suits your needs.
Discover the Double Blade Cutter
The Double Blade Cutter allows you to cut a profile within a semi-flexible or semi-rigid cavity to measure the impressions on a profile projector or digital vision system with optimal accuracy. This tool can also be forged to measure for your company’s needs.