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Making Parts, Patterns, Tools, & Molds
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Welcome to Freeman's video library, featuring over three hours of instructional and product videos, making it the most comprehensive free resource for the making of parts, patterns, tools and molds.

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Making Parts, Patterns, Tools, & Molds - Our Introduction

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This video introduces many of the videos on this site and puts it all in perspective. Learn about:

Section 1 - Preparing Models & Molds

Section 2 - Mold Making & Casting
Section 3 - Laminate Tooling & Composites
Section 4 - Products

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Section 1 - Preparing Models & Molds
 

Machining a Master Model

We briefly demonstrate how master models are created, with special attention paid to CNC machining, from CAD software to the finishing machining pass.

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Sealing & Releasing Models and Molds

We demonstrate proper procedures for sealing your model or mold and then applying release agents to allow for easy and clean part release.

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Weighing & Mixing Liquid Tooling Materials

We explain how to calculate your material requirements for a job. Then we demonstrate proper agitating, weighing, and mixing procedures. Both 1:1 ratio and uneven ratio materials are covered.

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Vacuum Degassing & Pressurizing

We demonstrate the use of vacuum degassing equipment and pressure pots in order to achieve virtually perfect, void-free castings.

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Section 2 - Mold Making & Casting
 

Making Rigid Molds With Fast-Cast Urethanes

Ideal for smaller models/molds with a flat side, fast-cast urethanes are widely used for their ease of use, low cost, and quick demold times. However, their use requires careful application of release agents.

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Urethane Rubber Molds

Urethane Rubber molds are widely used when a flexible mold material is required and a more expensive or less abrasion-resistant silicone rubber is not desired. However, their use requires careful application of release agents.

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Simple Silicone Rubber Molds (no parting line)

Ideal for smaller projects (less than 12" x 12"), this is the easiest process for creating parts, patterns, tools, & molds. We demonstrate creating a silicone rubber mold and then the casting of parts with Repro, epoxy casting resins and polyurethane elastomers.

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Two-Part Silicone Rubber Molds (with a straight parting line)

When mass casting a part without a flat side, you must create a two-part mold. We create a two-part silicone rubber mold with a clean parting line and then cast the part with Repro.

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Casting Thin-Walled Parts

Casting thin-walled parts follows a similar process to the mass casting video above. However, this project requires important differences in venting, gating, and the use of pressure.

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New Casting Molds & Models With Intricate Detail

The more detailed your patterns, the more difficult it is to cast void-free molds and parts. Here we show you a few tricks to get consistently better results when working with highly detailed castings.

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Moldmaking With Clear Silicone Rubber

When a project requires a complex parting line, it is often easier to pour the entire mold in one process with clear rubber, then cut your parting line. This process also saves at least a day in creating the mold.

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New Silicone Rubber Molds with Complex Parting Lines

Sometimes making a straight parting line (or even a simple curved one) isn't practical. Therefore, one must be creative when forming the two halves of a silicone rubber mold. This process shows one method for creating complex parting lines.

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Multiple Cavity Molds

When a project requires numerous duplications, a multiple cavity mold is created, enabling many more duplications to be created in a set amount of time.

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Surface Casting

Ideal for working on medium-sized projects, this process of pouring a high quality material around a lower quality core creates a highly accurate, yet economical part.

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Section 3 - Laminate Tooling & Composites
 
Introduction to Epoxy Laminating Systems

Ideal for working on larger projects, a typical 'fiberglass layup' is a popular process for those who need a large, strong, and lightweight tool.

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Building a Fiberglass Laminate Mold

Here we apply the techniques from the video above plus some more advanced techniques to create a more complex epoxy fiberglass laminate tool.

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Vacuum Bagging a Composite Part

Using the fiberglass mold created above, we demonstrate the vacuum bagging process by forming a carbon fiber part.

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Paste Laminating Systems

This process is for working on medium to large projects, this is a labor-saving process for those who need a large, strong tool in the least amount of time possible. This video also demonstrates three-part mold construction.

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The Repro Laminating System

Ideal for working on medium-sized projects, this process is easier, faster, and more economical than the epoxy laminating system.

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Glove Molding Systems

Ideal for working on medium and large projects, this process involves creating a thin layer of flexible material and backing it up with a stronger, rigid material.

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Section 4 - Products
 

Repro Fast-Cast Urethanes

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Our own industry-standard, fast-setting, low cost, filled urethane systems for foundry tooling, molds, prototypes, and models.

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Freeman & Ren Polyurethanes

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From Freeman's greatly expanded FMSC lines of economical urethanes to Huntman's premium lines of Ren Parts-In-Minutes and RenCast polyurethanes, Freeman carries the best selection of quality urethanes for any project.

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Bluestar Silicone Rubber

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Covering Bluestar's high-quality lines of silicone systems for rapid prototype tooling, polyurethane casting, general plastic tooling and silicone mold-making, this video also includes exclusive demonstrations of cure inhibition, perhaps the least understood characteristic of addition cure and condensation cure silicone rubber.

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Freeman Machinable Wax

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Our own very hard machining wax designed for proofing CNC programs, plus constructing self-releasing models, prototypes and master patterns.

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Freeman Sheet Wax
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Freeman Sheet Wax is used primarily to simulate metal or part thickness when making metal forming dies or punches, resin transfer molds (RTM), or any two part molds where a uniform part thickness is desired.

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RenShape Modeling & Tooling Boards (and SMP)

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From modeling, styling and low-density foam board to foundry boards, fixtures, prototype metal-forming and even injection-molding RenShape is the most complete line of urethane and epoxy tooling boards. This video also introduces seamless modeling paste, a complement to the RenShape line for economical retooling and very large tooling projects.

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Perfect Plank Specialty Lumber
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Perfect Plank is a laminated pattern lumber, patented and manufactured for the pattern, mold and model industries. With the scarcity of high quality rough lumber, Perfect Plank is a popular alternative for making wood patterns.

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updated Freeman TUF Repair & Buildup Materials
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Our extensive line of polyester repair and build-up materials, including Quik-il, a unique material designed for the repair of urethane modeling boards.

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F-Bond & Araldite Adhesives
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From Freeman F-Bond line of one-component cyanoacrylate adhesives and accessories to the Araldite lines of urethane, epoxy, and methacrylate adhesives, this is the most complete offering of adhesives for the modern toolmaker.

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The VRM-65 Silicone Rubber Spray System

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Featuring Bluestar VRM-65 thixotropic silicone rubber and a modified Michael Engineering RamFlow dispensing machine, this video shows a unique spray system that allows for rapid, even application of silicone on larger models.

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Section 5 - Other Manufacturers' Videos

The following videos have been produced by the respective manufacturers. We've converted them for online viewing as a service to our visitors. All rights are reserved by the original owners or producers.

Lab-Metal and High Temp Lab-Metal

Produced by the manufacturer, Alvin Products, this provides a simple introduction to the metal filler system.

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Ren Seamless Modeling Paste

Produced by the RenShape Solutions division of Huntman Advanced Materials.

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Ren Parts-In-Minutes Polyurethanes

Produced by the RenShape Solutions division of Huntman Advanced Materials.

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RenShape Express 2000 Moldmaking System

Produced by the RenShape Solutions division of Huntman Advanced Materials.

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Adolf's Anti-Shift Inserts

Produced by Adolf's Pattern Shop

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