Prototyping & Inventing How‑To's

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.
Prototyping & Inventing
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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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Making a Silicone Mold of a Prototype Using Smooth-Sil® 960

Making a Silicone Mold of a Prototype Using Smooth-Sil® 960

The process of creating a very high accuracy silicone mold using platinum cure silicone.

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