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Silicone Comparison

SMP BladderSilicone Bladder Over Foam
TaskLaborEquipmentTaskLaborEquipment
Prep 10 min Prep 10 min
Heat Mandrel 15 min Assembly 30 min
Form Mandrel 10 min Demold 10 min
Demold Mandrel 10 min Extract 10 min
Demold Composite 15 min
Total: 45 min 15 min Total: 60 min N/A
Labor(hrs) .75 Labor(hrs) 1
Cycle Time (hrs) 1 Cycle Time (hrs) 1
Yield 100% Yield 75%
Form/Cure Tool $12,500 Cure Tool $5,000
Form/Cure Tool/Part $12.50 Cure Tool/Part $5
Machined Foam N/A Machined Foam $600
Machined Foam/Part N/A Machined Foam $600
Tool Uses 12 Tool Uses (Silicone/Foam) 6/1
Tooling Cost $400 Sqft Tooling Cost $50 Sqft
Tooling Cost/Part $91.50 Tooling Cost/Part $621
Labor Cost ($75/hr) $56 Labor Cost ($75/hr) $75
Total Cost per Part $152.50 Total Cost per Part $701