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FAQ's

Safety and the Environment

SAFETY

1- Within the framework of the REACH regulation, are Plastiform products pre-registered? None of the chemicals used in the composition of Plastiforms are listed in Annex XVII of REACH.

2- Are Plastiform products dangerous? Plastiforms do not present any risk to use. They are neither odorous nor irritating, however we recommend using vinyl gloves when using them to prevent any risk. No allergy has been demonstrated so far, but we cannot exclude a risk. If in doubt, consult a doctor. Refer to the full article on security for more information.

3- Is it necessary to have a space arranged to take an impression? Although they have been developed for use in metrology laboratories, plastiforms can be used in any type of environment (workshops, outdoor, production line, etc.). However, it must be ensured that the area to be checked is properly cleaned and degreased so as not to affect the quality of the impression. We recommend using the degreaser DN1 which is a Plastiform certified product.

4- How should products be stored? Products must always be stored between 15°C and 28°C, in their original packaging and with the cap facing upwards. The products have a consumption limit of: – 2 years for cartridge plastiforms, unchanged if started. – 2 years for malleable products. Refer to the technical data sheets for more information.

THE ENVIRONMENT

1- Are PLASTIFORM products polluting? Our products are neither polluting nor toxic. Packaging and products are still made of plastic or card, so they should be disposed of in traditional waste.

2- How and with which product to clean in case of accidental dispersion? Water or cleaning products should be used in case of accidental dispersion. Do not allow products to enter groundwater, water or pipelines in undiluted form or in large quantities

 

FAQs & More Information

1- Who can use Plastiform products? Anyone can use the products as long as they comply with the instructions described in the instructions supplied with each product. It is not necessary to have training, but we recommend that you follow the instructions on the technical documents to the letter. In case of uncertainty, there is a list of explanatory videos to answer your questions. If this is not the case, do not hesitate to contact us.

2- At what temperature should the products be used? Our range can be used at any temperature, however the curing time varies according to the ambient temperature. The warmer it is, the faster the polymerization will be, while the colder it is, the slower it will be. The polymerization times written on our documents correspond to a polymerization at 20°C.

3- How do I know which plastiform to use for my dimensional inspection? We have implemented software capable of highlighting products in relation to a given problem. You can find it online. Feel free to complete the software with additional data (a plan, a description of your needs, etc.) so that our experts can deal with your problem as effectively as possible. In case of doubt, do not hesitate to contact us.

4- How to correctly extract a plastiform dimensional impression? Plastiforms are very precise products, which means that once cured, they will remain in perfect contact with the walls of the part, as if glued. In order to extract an impression, it is therefore necessary to ensure that you have a good grip in order to be able to pull energetically in the axis of the impression (never unscrew). For this purpose, the demoulding rings must be used.

5- Can Plastiform products be glued? Do they stick together? To glue products together, there is no need to use anything, just pour products of the same family one on top of the other, before or after polymerization so that they become one.

6- What do the colours of the products represent? The colour of the product is only a visual indicator that allows products to be easily distinguished.

7- Can an underwater impression be taken? Impressioning can work without problems underwater, and more generally in any environment without oxygen. 

8- How to ensure that the products are properly mixed at the outlet of the mixing injector? Or during manual mixing? At the outlet of the injector, or after a manual mixing, the product must be mixed homogeneously, and therefore be to flow uniformly. If this is not the case, (marbled color) leave the non-homogeneous part on the side until the mixing is done correctly. Then you can take your impression.

9- Will PLASTIFORM stain? Plastiforms contain a dye, so it is recommended to use a gown before handling the products. In principle, the polymerized product only has to be “extracted” from the fabric to which it has adhered. If the product has not cured, it should be diluted with water quickly.

10- At what temperature does the final impression deform? Although plastiforms have been developed for use and measurement in metrological laboratories (20°C), they are not sensitive to changes in ambient temperature. However, above 120°C, the dimensions of the impression will be altered.

11- Are there any materials to which plastiforms cannot be applied? It is possible to apply our products to any type of material and its alloys (including gold, silver, titanium). They can also be used on plastic materials, wood, resins, etc. However, certain silicone-based materials should be avoided, as they can sometimes alter the polymerization of the products. We always recommend a test before use.

12- What is the purpose of the Double Blade Cutter? The Cutter has been specially developed to facilitate the use of Plastiform impressions. It allows a slice to be cut in the axis of an impression in order to exploit its profile more easily on optical measuring instruments. The Double Blade Cutter is a product manufactured in France by master cutlers from the Thiers region. It is a top-of-the-range and tailor-made product, customizable according to your needs.

13- What is the purpose of Plastin? It is an industrial modelling clay, it can be used to substitute a classic modelling clay. Its main advantage is that it is dedicated to the industry, so it is permanently reusable and leaves no traces behind. As part of the plastiform range, it is used to create barriers to prevent products from flowing into unwanted areas. It is also useful for holding parts.

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