I have several gadgets that have missing/broken rubber parts that I want
to replace. Assuming that I can remove the torn/worn-out parts without
(further) damaging them, does anyone know if (and how) I can make copies
Some of them are rubber plugs that cover up connectors on electronic
gadgets when the connectors are not in use. Another one is a rubber
piece that covers a pushbutton switch on a flashlight.
I also want to know if I can fabricate a repair part for a torn-off
button from a remote, if that should happen.
I was just kidding. I build models and have duplicated small detail items
with flexible molds using 2 part resin. You could always make a mold and
create a flexible part with a latex or rubber compound. The problem is, if
the parts already gone, you've lost the master for making a duplicate. Check
model making sites for suppliers.
Any source for silicone rubber? Machines I sercive for a living use a
red silicone rubber rollers that cost hundreds of dollars. I am
interested in replacing that rubber:)
Have a friend with a machine shop to do that
Ah.. For the plugs and button, cut up chunks from an erasor
would probably work. For the membrane-cover on the flashlight,
I'd use thin leather and glue, the underside of a mousepad,
or possibly canvas coated with latex casting compound.
Depends on what they do, how big they are,
and what you mean by "rubber".
Are you talking about wheels, belts,
vibration mounts, or something else?
Easiest/cheapest thing would probably be
to find someone who's just totalled their car,
swipe the bumper-guard off the bumper, or
cut out a bushing, and carve the replacement
part out of that.
Casting shops (for jewelry makers etc.)
sometimes have mixes for making rubber molds.
A simple google search found
Search for "how to make rubber molds" or "how to make rubber parts"
Make a mold, fill it with "liquid rubber". Wait. Remove it from the
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