Customizing Rubber to Metal Bonded Parts for Your Project
Metal parts are notable for providing heat resistance and strength, while rubber parts are useful when applications require components that are less rigid than plastic. With rubber to metal bonding, you can combine the advantages of both.
Rubber fabrication customization doesn’t sound simple, and it’s not, but with the right tools and production, you can get strong, customized parts to tackle your application. Let’s take a look at the rubber customization process, and see some examples of common uses of these components.
What Does Rubber to Metal Bonding Look Like?
While every project is different, most rubber to metal bonding customizations involve a similar set of steps. First, fabricators remove grease from the metal parts to prepare the pieces for the adhesive. Next, fabricators place the adhesive with a spraying process, and then place the coated metal pieces into the custom mold cavities.
The molds then close to form the rubber, activate the adhesive, and bond the metal to the rubber. For some customizations, molds will include magnets to secure positioning as rubber enters the mold, while other projects involve the use of pins to hold the material in place as the rubber goes into m
Some fabricators may etch metal inserts to yield increased surface areas, or sand-blast or chemically etch the surfaces of inserts to enhance the finished bonding. Mechanical rubber to metal bonding is another option for improving the end adhesion. This involves the formation of holes in a metal insert for rubber material to then fill.
What Materials Can I Use?
Fabricators can help select both metal and rubber materials by their ability to withstand the stresses characteristic to your application. Before investing in customization, think about what substances may contaminate the system of which a custom component is part. Consider any potential causes of mechanical or chemical wear your components may undergo.
Materials withstand stress differently. For example, stainless steel metal inserts are especially useful for finished products that come into contact with corrosive materials. However, a team may choose to use aluminum metal inserts when the project requires parts to be particularly light in weight, but provide reliable seals. Neoprene rubber is notable for its resistance to ozone and extreme temperatures, but a team may choose to customize natural rubber when a part’s main purpose is to isolate vibration.
Depending on the project at hand, fabricators typically choose to implement one of three bonding systems. Fabricators apply adhesive to metal inserts in layers. A single-coat adhesive bonding system is cheaper, and allows fabricators to apply the adhesive with just a single spray. However, two-coat adhesive bonding systems provide more thorough protection and allow finished products to withstand chemical wear and water damage more effectively than one-coat solutions.
Fabricators can also implement water-based adhesive bonding systems that keep VOC emissions to a minimum, depending on a customer’s project specifications; these adhesive bonding systems do not contain the solvents that others do.
Different metal, adhesive and rubber materials also prove more cost-effective than others under different circumstances. When you partner with a team of rubber fabrication experts, you can select the materials that will make for the most durable parts and the ideal value for your investment.
Applications of Rubber to Metal Bonded Parts
Rubber to metal bonded parts play essential roles across industries, including automotive manufacturing, aerospace, medicine and construction. Teams implement rubber to metal bonding for custom bumpers, stoppers, rollers, gears, seals, vibration isolation parts, shafts, suspension components and more.
Connect With the Team From Qualiform Today
Rubber to metal bonded parts offer the flexibility of rubber products and the stability of metal parts, making them ideal for difficult projects. If you want to maximize the benefits of this process, then you need to partner with an experienced rubber fabrication team.
Qualiform Rubber Molding is a leading Northeast Ohio rubber manufacturer. Why choose Qualiform for custom rubber to metal bonding? No matter how complex your design, or how stringent your tolerance requirements are, you can count on the professionals from Qualiform for expert advice and quick turnaround.
Along with premier rubber to metal bonding capabilities, Qualiform can provide your ideal one-stop solution for custom rubber extrusion, injection molding, transfer molding, compression molding and other services. The company’s material selection is just as extensive as its range of capabilities. Look to the team from Qualiform for expert fabrication of neoprene, Viton, EPDM, natural rubber, nitrile rubber, butyl and more.
Count on this ISO 9001:2025-certified company to help you reach your most specific project goals. To get your next customization going and to find out how the Qualiform team could help you, visit https://qualiformrubbermolding.com/ today.