Why We Use ABS Plastic for our Concrete Molds or Moulds
The type of molds that are good to purchase, or what they are made out of, should be determined by their main use and application, and the amount of money one wants to invest in them. At Olde World Stone & Tile Molds we have found that high-impact; industrial ABS plastic is the best for our purposes and for the needs of about 97% of our customers. They offer a long life at a very reasonable cost, while giving and maintaining true duplication from the master mold for the life of the mold. We refer to our molds as, "an inexpensive alternative to high cost rubber molds".
While rubber molds will last longer, their cost makes them somewhat prohibitive for all but very high volume commercial casters, or concrete and plaster casters who have items they want to duplicate that involve undercuts in the originals... like most three dimensional figures, statues, sharp edged items, etc. Basically the increased yield from a rubber mold comes at an equally high cost of the mold itself on a comparative basis. Our ABS plastic molds allow our commercial customers to acquire more molds for less money up front, so they can offer their customers more products as they start out in their concrete and plaster casting business. As for our DIY, consumer, and trades customers, they usually only need a yield of from 50 to 100+ pours from a mold for their projects, so why pay the high cost of a rubber mold that may yield 300 or so pieces. It's all pretty much a matter of economics and the application of targeted use. The question always comes to mind... why pay for something that will last five-times longer than is actually needed, if there is a more economical alternative that fits your needs more closely? Like the old handyman saying... "Pick the right tool for the job at hand".
One other benefit of ABS Plastic is that the pattern does not wear out as with some rubber mold compounds. Our ABS molds maintain their ability to pick up a design from pour number one to pour number 100 and beyond. The heat generated by concrete curing and the abrasion from concrete aggregates, as well as the chemical reaction created by the cement, which is highly alkaline, takes more of a toll on rubber than on ABS plastic. And ABS is not effected by UV light like polystyrene or some rubbers.
Olde World concrete molds are high impact vacuum formed .060 (3/16") ABS Plastic. This is the Pre-cast Industry standard, and is manufactured especially for concrete pre-casting. These concrete molds will last a lifetime. They are a heavy duty mold which are manufactured for commercial concrete producers--- Meaning, these are production quality concrete molds!
You may be wondering, “What exactly is ABS”?
ABS is (Acrylonitrile Butadiene) which is a common thermoplastic used to make rigid, light, moulded products such as:
· Golf club heads (ABS is used as it gives good shock absorbance).
· Piping (like Plastic Pressure Pipe Systems).
· Musical Instruments (mainly plastic clarinets and recorders being the most common).
· Toys (famously Lego Bricks).
· Automotive Body Parts
· Protective Head Gear
· Wheel Covers
A strange application you would not think of is ABS Plastic ground to a diameter of less than 1 micrometer which is commonly used in the inks for tattooists. It acts as a colorant and tattoo inks that do use ABS are extremely vivid.
Properties of ABS
The advantages of ABS are that being derived from Acrylonitrile, Butadiene and Styrene it combines the rigidity and strength of the Acrylonitrile and Styrene Polymers along with the toughness of the Polybutadiene Rubber. The most important properties of ABS are the toughness of the material and the resistance to wear.
John McKenzie Panagos founded Olde World Stone and Tile Molds in 1992. As a pioneer, he is an authority in the DIY stone and tile mold products segment of the concrete industry. He's written numerous training manuals and articles for the manufactured stone industry.
Should you need... molds or moulds, colorant, concrete sealer, stains, or other concrete, cement, or plaster supplies for your handyman or home improvement project, please visit our catalogue website at www.TheMoldStore.com or our shopping cart website at http://www.TheMoldStore.us to get ideas. If you are interested in starting a concrete stone and veneer, or concrete and cement paver, brick or tile business, visit our Olde World Stone & Tile Business Opportunity website at www.Oldeworld.com for full details, instructions and various stone making and other concrete product making packages. We also offer D-I-Y Packages in our catalogue and on our shopping cart websites.
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