A technique now used in the plastic manufacturing industry to coat electrical fittings, medical equipment, tool handles and more in plastisol; dip molding began thousands of years ago with the creation of wax candles and figurines.
The first candles were made using a rudimentary dip molding technique that involved the dipping of a small piece of wick into hot wax. As each layer of candle wax cooled and hardened, the candle was dipped again to increase its size.
Advancements in technology helped to improve the dip molding process, and the creation of molds allowed figurines, statues and more to be created from metal, wax and other materials.
Called lost-wax casting, this process was adapted after World War II as the use of plastics and polymers became more widespread. Using plastisol –a flexible compound that transforms from a liquid to a solid during the heating process – dip molding allows individuals to create low-cost prototypes and strong plastic products, as well as a variety of coverings for metal goods.
Now used to create all sorts of products, dip molding has become a background process involved in many different facets of everyday life.
From the vehicle you drive to the shoes you wear on your feet, dip molding is everywhere. To learn more about this process and to request information about the creation of dip molded goods for your business, contact Piper Plastics at 800-966-9919.
An industry leader in the formation of high quality dip moldings and coating, we have been in business since the mid-1950s and have the experience and expertise to help you make the best product possible.