Model Making

Model Making

Model makers the world over know that Smooth-On silicone rubbers and liquid plastics as the perfect combination to reproduce their creations and drive production. 

Smooth-On's Mold Max® Silicones have become the industry standard for making molds that capture very fine detail down to a "finger-print". With several to choose from, the Mold Max® line covers most mold making scenarios and offers the model maker tremendous versatility.

Smooth-Cast® plastics and TASK® plastics are then used to cast into these molds to make exact reproductions. SO-Strong® color tints and a variety of fillers can be added to create an infinite number of effects.  Cured plastics are alsoeasily painted , giving the user complete creative control over the modeling outcome.

Molding and Casting a Record That Actually Plays

Molding and Casting a Record That Actually Plays

How moldmaking and casting expand horizons for a seminar graduate whose passion is 78 RPM records

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Restoring an Antique Picture Frame Using Equinox®

Restoring an Antique Picture Frame Using Equinox®

In this example, Equinox® silicone putty is used to mold a section of an antique wooden picture frame.

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Casting Custom Scenery For a Model Railroad

Casting Custom Scenery For a Model Railroad

Mold making and casting gives model railroaders options for creating custom scenic display pieces.

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The Easiest Brushable Urethane To Mix!

The Easiest Brushable Urethane To Mix!

EZ~Mix® 40 is a liquid / liquid system, making it perfect for novice mold makers.

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Making a Block Mold of a Four Legged Animal

Making a Block Mold of a Four Legged Animal

This howto shows where to properly place air vents and also where to make your extraction cut line.

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Adding Color Effects To a 3D Printed Part Using XTC-3D®

Adding Color Effects To a 3D Printed Part Using XTC-3D®

This video demonstrates how to use XTC-3D epoxy coating to smooth and apply color to a 3D printed architectural model.

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Two Piece Silicone Mold of a Knife

Two Piece Silicone Mold of a Knife

We demonstrate using Mold Star 30 silicone, a platinum silicone for mold making...

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Casting Pewter Into Mold Max® 60

Casting Pewter Into Mold Max® 60

Mold Max® 60 was developed for high-heat resistance applications.

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Making a Brush On Mold of an Antique Rifle

Making a Brush On Mold of an Antique Rifle

This tutorial shows how to make a two piece silicone mold of a historic firearm

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Examples of How To Reproduce Firearms and Guns

Examples of How To Reproduce Firearms and Guns

Smooth-On mold rubbers and casting resins can be used to recreate historic and modern firearms.

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Making a 2 Part Mold of an Antique Rifle

Making a 2 Part Mold of an Antique Rifle

How to make a two piece silicone block mold of an antique Kentucky long rifle

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Shrinking a Casting using NOVOCS Silicone Solvent

Shrinking a Casting using NOVOCS Silicone Solvent

A user can shrink a silicone rubber mold 18% - 22% by mixing NOVOCS silicone solvent with the silicone.

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How To Make a Resin Metal Cold Casting

How To Make a Resin Metal Cold Casting

Smooth-On fan Jon N. shows how he makes a mold for a real metal cold casting.

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Making a Glow In The Dark Resin Jewelry Necklace

Making a Glow In The Dark Resin Jewelry Necklace

We show how you can combine Glow Worm® powder with resin to create an amazing glowing pendant.

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How to Make a Silicone Mold of 3D Print

How to Make a Silicone Mold of 3D Print

This video demonstrates how to use Mold Star 20T to make a silicone mold of extruded PLA.

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Strengthening a 3D Powder Print with XTC-3D Epoxy Resin Coating

Strengthening a 3D Powder Print with XTC-3D Epoxy Resin Coating

In this video, we demonstrate how to properly thin XTC-3D for infusion of powder printed 3D pieces.

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Making a 2 Part Trigger Guard Mold

Making a 2 Part Trigger Guard Mold

A two-part mold is made of a flintlock pistol trigger guard using SORTA-Clear® 37 Silicone for the lost-wax process.

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