Using Liquid Silicone Injection Molding in Aeronautics and Spacecraft

Rubber keypads and components are used for control panels in a variety of industries. Aeronautic controls and components that help spacecraft fly are frequently made from liquid silicone injection molding. Their versatile size, shape and color capabilities allow them to meet the engineering plans and specification drawings down to every precise detail. Their durability and versatility of design make them usable in a variety of environments.


Spacecraft, whether following private industry, military or government designs, have very exact specifications that must be met. Controls adjust and regulate the proper speed, altitude and temperatures while in pre-flight stages, en route and in landing mode. These controls must have measurable reactions both in the Earth’s atmosphere and gravity as well as out in space. Liquid silicone injection molding components and rubber keypads are reliable in both atmospheric conditions, so the controls will react as needed and are often used in spacecraft. Using custom rubber keypads for aeronautics and spacecraft controls allows designers to direct speed, altitude and climate controls within the vessel without concern for malfunctions. They are durable, accepting rough handling on the controls and rough rides through bumpy pockets in the atmosphere.


Using liquid silicone injection molding to create various components in spacecraft allows exact conformity to specifications within the given tolerance. Using the same mold for every like piece means that there is an exact fit for covers on couplings and precise closures over gaps between panels to prevent leaks of air, liquids and gases in the vessel. Components such as silicone rubber grommets, precision molding for tubing and insulated coverings over wire conductors is ideal in various atmospheric conditions and altitudes. This is useful in the preparation and execution of designs for both private and military silicone rubber manufacturing for aeronautics and space flight.


As private and military design and production of spacecraft moves forward, one of the main factors involved is the ability to manufacture components and controls at a low cost within budget. Using the liquid silicone injection molding process is more cost effective than other methods of manufacturing that can produce less durable and versatile parts at a much higher price. When using government-approved manufacturers of custom rubber keypads and components, not only is the price within budget, but the aeronautics technology within the spacecraft is protected within the protocols of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

As the interest in aeronautics and space flight increases, look for the versatility and capabilities of liquid silicone injection molding to be a more popular option for design implementation.

Post time: 01-19-2017