Resin Cast-Barrel-Injector

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How To: Resin Cast Barrel Injector

You will need:

  • 3 empty cans
  • High temperature 2-part casting silicone
  • plunger- aluminium bar around 40mm diameter, minimum length the same as 1 can
  • drill press
  • something to make a ‘nozzle’- short cylinder eg. half a wine cork
  • the object you want to reproduce
  • oven
  • PPE

Method:

  1. Cast your barrel

Fix your nozzle piece to the end of your plunger, balance it upright in a can, and cast around it with high temp 2 part silicone

Plunger in can

Casting the barrel

When the casting is solid, carefully peel off the metal can (Be careful, it will cut you easily)

Peel off can

Peeled

Remove the plunger bar from the silicone barrel- a vise can help

Remove plunger

Push out your nozzle piece to create the nozzle hole

Nozzle piece in

Nozzle piece out

Trim the end of the barrel to create a flat surface

Trim barrel end

  1. Create your mould

In a similar way, create your mould in a second can. The mould needs to be cut with a razorblade to remove the original part:

mould cut

  1. Your plunger, barrel and mould are ready to go!

ready to go 1

ready to go 2

Place the mould in an empty can to hold it together.

Fill the barrel with shredded plastic (HDPE), place on a heatproof tray and heat in an oven until melted.

Then (using gloves) place the hot barrel on top of the mould in the drill press.

Plunge the plunger!

Plunger up

Plunger down

After cooling you can remove your injected part from the mould

Remove part

Finished part

To check your process, cut open your part and examine for voids

Check for voids

Be safe and enjoy! :)

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