Plastics - Elastomeric Overmolding

Also known as soft-touch, or two-shot molding, Elastomeric Overmolding (EOM) is increasingly employed by industrial designers as a means for increasing the appeal of a product, while also adding functional capabilities. EOM is the process of molding an elastomeric polymer resin over a previously molded plastic substrate. It is used extensively with hand-held devices, utensil handles and "pistol grips" to enhance the grip or ergonomic appeal of consumer or electronic products.

Other functional uses for EOM include:

There are a number of elastomeric materials available in various durometers for the EOM process, including polyurethanes and melt-processable rubbers.


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