Prototyping & Inventing

Prototyping & Inventing

Product Concept - Prototype Development - Production

It all starts with an idea for an invention or product that you think has commercial potential. On your way to developing your idea, you will need a three dimensional physical representation before you go to production and that's where Smooth-On rubber, plastic and foam materials come in. Smooth-On materials have been the tools used to make prototype models for over 60 years and are still instrumental today in bringing the world's most amazing products to market.

Who Uses Smooth-On Materials To Make Prototype Models?

Our prototyping client list includes Apple Computer, Dell Computer, NASA, SONY, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, The US Army, Boeing, Advanced Medical Devices, Martin Guitar, Disney, Bose, Moen and thousands of other industry leaders around the world.

If you can imagine it, you can create it using Smooth-On rubbers, plastics and foams.

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Prototyping an Impact-Resistant Rectangular Sifting Mat

Prototyping an Impact-Resistant Rectangular Sifting Mat

Watch how a CNC routed prototype turns into a durable urethane finished product

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How To Make a 1-Piece Silicone Cut Mold

How To Make a 1-Piece Silicone Cut Mold

Mold Star® 15 is perfect for experienced mold makers or people just starting out.

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Making a 2 Part Mold Using Mold Star® 15 Silicone

Making a 2 Part Mold Using Mold Star® 15 Silicone

This video outlines the 2-part block mold making technique using silicone rubber.

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Making a 2-Piece Mold Using OOMOO® Silicone

Making a 2-Piece Mold Using OOMOO® Silicone

Mold box construction, model preparation and release agent application for a 2 part pour on mold are covered in this video.

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Making Custom Foam Hollow Rocks for Outdoor Speakers

Making Custom Foam Hollow Rocks for Outdoor Speakers

E-Z Spray® Expandable Foam Is Used To Create 'Hollow Rocks' to House Outdoor Speakers.

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Venting a Silicone Mold to Eliminate Bubbles In Casting

Venting a Silicone Mold to Eliminate Bubbles In Casting

This sequence chronicles Mr. Ross's process in successfully reproducing this model using an advanced mold making technique.

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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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Smoothing the Surface of a 3D Printed Model Using XTC-3D®

Smoothing the Surface of a 3D Printed Model Using XTC-3D®

In this video, XTC-3D® Epoxy is used to coat a 3D piece printed in PLA.

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Quickly Adding a Metallic Finish to a 3D Print

Quickly Adding a Metallic Finish to a 3D Print

This video shows how to make a 3D printed PLA object look like real metal using XTC-3D® epoxy.

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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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Prototyping a Durable Conveyor Belt Cleaner

Prototyping a Durable Conveyor Belt Cleaner

From a PLA 3D printed prototype, learn how to make a durable belt cleaner out of industrial urethane rubber

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