Our client was tasked with creating a large artificial tree for a low maintenance themed environment where children can play.
The Speedliner product is typically used for coating the cargo bed areas of pickup trucks, on this project the customer chose to use Speedliner as a highly durable impact and puncture resistant surface over rigid urethane foam. The brush applied Speedliner simulates the texture and appearance of a natural tree.
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Industrial Polymers Corporation is proud to sponsor our future engineers in the field of new and innovative hybrid automotive technologies. Our UC Davis Formula Hybrid team was successful at the nationals in New Hampshire this year. The team has expanded this year beyond 20 active members and continues to inspire the UC Davis engineering community with their talent and dedication.
Our StyroSpray product was used in the construction of a light weight formula car body constructed from expanded polystyrene. Styrospray provides an impact resistant surface over low cost EPS foam which is very easy to cut and shape with simple hand tools , hot knife or hot wire. Our product allowed the team to quickly shape the light weight car body from low density EPS foam. The Styrospray
Product eliminated the need for expensive and time consuming fiberglass layup and molding. The ability to free form a light weight durable car body from low density foam paid benefits not only in the fuel efficiency challenges but also in the electric only acceleration trials. This superior engineering method also proved itself on the track through rigorous mechanical inspections.
Judges and guests were impressed with the car’s innovative parallel hybrid architecture.
It affords an elegant approach to allowing electric only power without spinning the motor while still allowing a combination of electric and gasoline power. We at Industrial Polymers are proud to support students in their journey to becoming world-class engineers in the green transportation sector. UC Davis Formula Hybrid Business Division has already started on FH3 as they begin reengineering parts and recruiting new members.
Art Installation: Look Around You
Each piece 9′ tall x 3-4′ wide x 7″ deep.
Polystyrene foam carved with a nylon brush, coated in StyroPrime sealer,
StyroSpray 1000 and sand to provide a bonding profile for glass adhesive.
Dome mirror pieces waste from local mirror manufacturer applied with PL mirror adhesive.
Detail “Look Around You”
A larger than life mosaic side profile of two faces made from mirror pieces. Several local businesses were happy to find a use for their reject mirrors that would have normally been waste but instead (were) used in this piece. The faces are modeled from photographs I took of two friends. The best part of ArtPrize last year was seeing all the people in downtown Grand Rapids. This mosaic is meant to reflect that.The large greeting card in the back is not part of Mr. Blough’s work.
Thank you for all your help! StyroSpray 1000 has worked out incredibly for me and has blown me away with it’s finish and durability. I also took your advice on using the black pigment for gray and it looked great. I really appreciate the product and have since referred it to friends in the Chicago area who have come to love it as well.
Here is the finished product,
Austin,Venue: The B.O.B (Big Old Building)
20 Monroe Ave. NW Contact: Austin Blough
606 490 2003
Each year we receive more than 100 requests for new product development or custom formulations. The time to formulate a new product typically ranges from several weeks up to a year or more. Our staff has an extensive knowledge of polymer chemistry and years of field experience. In many cases we can create a starting formulation for a new product within a matter of weeks. After a new product is created we offer turnkey manufacturing, warehousing, packaging and world wide shipping.
If you have a new product application or a problem you believed can be solved through polymeric chemistry please provide us with a detailed description by email or call us directly at 713-943-8451.
The series of photos above demonstrate the versatility of Our ProtoCast 80 R product. ProtoCast 80 R is a low viscosity (low shrink) fast set (3 to 4 minute working life) urethane casting resin. Its low viscosity provides for ease of pouring and high detail part reproduction from rubber molds. Parts cast form this product have excellent strength and durability. The animal reproductions above were painted with a variety of finishes to accurately reproduce the appearance of animals in natural settings or in faux bronze. Photos and original art were produced by Bill Gaither.
Working in partnerships with several industry leading companies, Industrial Polymers has developed an extensive product line of water activated products. The series of photos demonstrate the chemical reaction of a few ounces of polymer mixed into a one gallon volume of water. Within 30 seconds the water is transformed into flexible rubber. Water is so tightly bound by the polymer reaction, Squeezing and crushing of the rubber will not release a single drop of liquid water. This water reaction technology is utilized in a variety of product applications. Composite fabrics can be treated with our polymers to create prepreg (pre-impregnated with resin) water activated fabric wraps. The prepreg wraps are used in field applications to seal leaks in high pressure pipelines or to corrosion proof metal structures. It offers easy application with simple hand tools and rapid curing when exposed to ordinary tap water. We have also developed environmentally safe polymers used to stop the flow of water into underground tunnels and pipelines. Our range of product development in this area includes water cured high build rubber coatings, both flexible and rigid foams, water cured prepreg fabrics, below grade sealants, rapid containment of waterborne hazardous materials and chemical agents. These technologies are only available through our developmental partners.
CrystalCast 9024 is one of several UV stable transparent casting materials used primarily in the construction of transparent visual displays, cast in place bar tops, furniture components and colored lenses. The 9024 product can be molded in silicone rubber molds and tinted with various colored dyes.
The photo demonstrates a current US military specification for the construction of helicopter lifting slings. A sling is constructed from large diameter high tensile strength synthetic cordage with hand woven eyelets. Each lifting eye is first coated with our Purecast 603 semi-rigid casting polymer (black). Purecast was chosen for its excellent abrasion resistance on the primary contact points of the sling. Next a rubber (75 shore A) neck of CS 252 (black) is cast around the cord using a two part, mold. The cast in place rubber provides additional abrasion and impact resistance around the eyelet base. All identifying numbers and specification information is cast into the rubber of each eyelet. The length of cordage between eyelets is dip coated in our Vinyl Rope Coating (green) to enhance abrasion resistance and color code each class of sling. The potted lifting eyes are constructed by using a 2 sided silicone rubber mold placed around the eyelet. The CS 252 is then mixed and poured into the mold surrounding the cordage, when cured the eyelets are then removed from mold.
ST-1200 reinforcing edge glue was developed for a manufacturer of specialty process conveyor fabrics. ST-1200 is a technological improvement over previous edge gluing systems. It is used to seal and reinforce edges of woven plastic and metal fabrics typically used in process operations to separate liquid from solid materials. Typical applications are, pulp and paper processing, solid waste separation, food processing and mining operations. ST-1200 is a fast set, two-component urethane providing good flexibility, improved chemical and abrasion resistance, and simple application methodology. It easily penetrates and fills into various mesh sizes of woven metal and plastic fabrics.
The client is a designer and manufacture of props, special effects, creatures and animatronics for the motion picture industry. We were asked to develop a flexible UV stable urethane, which could be molded into skin textures and used for outdoor displays. The material also needed to be easily tint-able to produce a broad pallet of UV stable colors. The problem was resolved with the development of a tint-able UV stable in-mold barrier coating used in conjunction with an existing product, InstaGel 50. To make the part, we first brush or spray apply flesh colored barrier coating into a silicone rubber mold and allow to fully dry. Second we apply a layer of our InstaGel 50 mold making material over the barrier coating and allow overnight curing or force cure at 140° F for 3 hours. The InstaGel 50 thickens when the A and B components are mixed, allowing for heavy product application in-mold without sagging. Using this production methodology we can produce a skin thickness of ¼” with one material application. Reinforcing materials such as fiberglass or Kevlar cloth can be pressed into layers of the InstaGel 50 to further enhance the strength and durability of the rubber skin. To support the rubber skin surface we developed SpeedFlex 300, a flexible open-cell, pour-able, urethane foam to back-up or fill the finished parts. SpeedFlex 300 fills and bonds the rubber skin to internal armatures.