Silicone compression molding uses mechanical pressure to fill the silicone into the mold cavity and then curing and hardening to get the required shaped silicone product. This process is not only used for the mass production of silicone products but also for rapid prototyping. Let us dive into its process, advantages, and applications.

The Silicone Compression Molding Process

1. Raw material preparation: Select the appropriate silicone raw materials according to the product requirements, and then weigh and mix them. Silicone raw materials usually consist of silicone, crosslinking agent, catalyst, filler, etc.

2. Mold making: Manufacture the corresponding mold according to the product design requirements. The mold can be made of metal, plastic, etc. The specific manufacturing method depends on the size, shape, and quantity of the product to be molded. One of the most common methods is CNC machining.

3. Mold pre-treatment: Clean the mold and apply a release agent to ensure the silicone can be easily demolded.

4. Mold assembly: Assemble the mold to ensure its sealing and stability.

5. Silicone injection: Pour the mixed silicone raw materials into the hopper of the injection molding machine, and then inject the silicone into the mold cavity using an injector. During the injection process, the injection speed and pressure must be well-controlled to ensure the silicone fills every corner of the mold.

6. Compression and curing: After injection, place the mold in a curing chamber or oven for compression and curing. Compression can be done using a press or hydraulic machine, and the curing time and temperature depend on the type of silicone and product requirements.

7. Demolding: After curing, remove the mold from the curing chamber or oven, and then carefully demold the product to avoid damage.

8. Post-processing: The demolded silicone component may have some defects. Post-processing, such as cutting and sanding, can solve the defects.

9. Inspection and packaging: Inspect the product to ensure it meets the requirements. Package the qualified products, usually with plastic bags, paperboxes, or other packaging materials.

10. Warehouse storage: Store the packaged silicone products in the warehouse, waiting for shipment or sale.

Note that the production process may vary slightly for different silicone products, and the specific process needs to be adjusted according to the product characteristics and requirements.


Advantages of Silicone Compression Molding

Precision and Accuracy

Compression molding allows tight dimensional tolerances and precise control over the final part geometry.

The high pressure used in the process helps to ensure consistent and uniform part properties.

Complex Shapes

Compression molding can produce parts with complex shapes, undercuts, and intricate details that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with other molding methods.

The malleable nature of silicone allows it to flow into and fill complex mold cavities.

High Production Rates

Compression molding is a relatively fast process, with short cycle times compared to other molding techniques.

The automated nature of compression molding enables high-volume, cost-effective production.

Material Versatility

A wide range of silicone formulations can be used in compression molding, allowing customization to meet specific application requirements.

Silicones offer excellent thermal, chemical, and electrical properties.

Efficient Material Usage

Compression molding minimizes material waste as the silicone is directly injected into the mold cavity.

Little to no extra material needs to be trimmed or recycled.

Surface Quality

Compression molding can produce parts with excellent surface finish and clarity.

The mold surface is replicated faithfully on the final part.


Compression molding can be scaled up to produce large parts or scaled down for smaller, intricate components.

The process is suitable for both high-volume production and low-volume, prototype manufacturing.

Applications of silicone compression molding

The versatility, performance, and customizability of silicone compression molding make it a popular choice across industries, from medical and automotive to consumer electronics and industrial applications.

Medical and Healthcare: 

Gaskets, seals, tubing, implants, prosthetics, etc. 


Gaskets, seals, grommets, vibration dampeners, etc.

Electronics and Electrical: 

Keypads, buttons, switches, connectors, etc.

Household and Consumer Goods: 

Kitchen utensils, cookware, cleaning products, etc.

Industrial and Manufacturing: 

Seals, gaskets, and other components for industrial equipment, machinery, etc.

Aerospace and Defense: 

Seals, gaskets, insulation materials, etc.

Sports and Recreation: 

Sports and recreational equipment, including grips, pads, protective gear, etc.

How is silicone compression molding applied in prototyping?

Silicone compression molding enables the quick and cost-effective production of functional prototypes. The short cycle times and ability to produce complex shapes make it well-suited for rapid prototyping. Designers and engineers can quickly iterate on designs and test silicone prototypes before moving to full-scale production.


1. What is the hardness range of silicone material in silicone compression molding?

The hardness range of silicone materials used in silicone compression molding typically falls within 10 Shore A to 80 Shore A:


The lower end of the range, around 10 Shore A to 30 Shore A, represents very soft and flexible silicone materials.

The middle range, from 30 Shore A to 60 Shore A, covers silicone with a more moderate hardness and flexibility.

The upper end of the range, from 60 Shore A to 80 Shore A, encompasses harder, more rigid silicone materials.

2. Can the silicone products be in different colors in silicone compression molding?

Yes. The single color of the product has a wide choice. Several colors for one product are also available.

3. Is over-molding available in silicone compression molding?

Sure. In silicone compression molding, silicone can not only be over-molded with metal but also plastic parts.

4. What are the disadvantages of silicone compression molding?

Size limitation: Due to the limitation of the machine, the product size is limited.

A few burrs: There will be burrs during production. Post-processing is needed after demolding.

Higher mold cost: The mold cost is relatively high and the development time is usually 7 to 25 working days.

Intensity of labor: It’s a labor-intensive process, requiring worker operation.

Silicone compression molding with X Rapid Technologies

In addition to silicone prototypes, X Rapid Technologies also offers small runs of silicone products via silicone compression molding. Get your project rolling today with us! Contact us now!