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Winter, 2018

Viadon adds flexible filament to its 3D printing options

TPU, or Thermoplastic PolyUrethane, is an 85 durometer (Shore A) material that can be successfully printed into many different shapes. And with the ability to adjust the “infill” – or how densely the interior of a part is printed compared to the outer walls – Viadon can create even softer-feeling parts than 85 durometer.

Brake caliper with flexible filament 3D printed prototype masking plug

As such, this provides us the – *ahem* “flexibility” (excuse the pun) – to make prototype samples of parts in addition to hard plastic ones. Customers can hold, feel and even test a part – though the melting point of TPU means that these samples cannot withstand typical powder coating or ecoating oven temperatures. As such, some testing may need to be accomplished prior to oven cure cycles.

But, for complex parts or ones that really need to be “seen” and “tried” first, these prototypes can really assist in approving a given custom molded part design. Or, it may help customers see what needs improvement before committing to vulcanized rubber prototypes and/or production parts.

What 3D printed parts can we help you get designed and tested?  


Summer, 2017

Viadon has offered rapid prototyping of many tape die cuts for years. Our plotter can cut a wide variety of shapes to test-fit die cuts before committing to a tool, or even making short runs of die cuts when a tool isn't financially feasible.

3D printed prototype masking plug
3D-Printed Prototype Masking Plug

Now Viadon has added 3D Printing to its portfolio of options, allowing for rapid prototyping of molded parts as well. For the time being, this is limited to hard plastic, but we expect to add flexible material soon. This will speed the molded prototype process for silicone parts from weeks to days. Though the prototypes we can produce will not be made from silicone, the flexible nature of the 3D printed prototype parts means many customers can go directly to a production-level tool, saving a lot of time... not to mention money.

What molded parts can Viadon prototype for you? Contact us today!


Winter, 2017

Viadon introduces the Silicone Multi-Use Plug and Cap Kit. This allows the job-shop or small powder coater to avoid purchasing dozens of different plugs and caps, and plug holes from 0.109" to 0.709" (with just 3 different plugs!) and cap off studs/threads from 0.118" to 0.709" (with just 4 different caps!).

And you can get a kit with all of them for only $50. Interested? More info here at this link.

Powder coating job shop masking kit
Powder Coating Job Shop Masking Kit

Summer, 2016

The "cooler cup craze" (Yeti / Glacier / RTIC / Ozark Trail type stainless steel cups) has captivated much of the nation, with the insulated beverage containers popping up everywhere from high end outdoor sporting goods stores to corner convenience stores. What many of them have in common is that people want them to look different!

"Is that one mine?"

"I don't know - I thought it was mine."

"Did you drink out of my cup?"

"I can't tell... they're all the same stainless steel color!"


Insulated cooler cup with masking
Insulated Cooler Cup with Masking Plug

Enter you, the custom job shop coater, to save the day and avoid millions of germs from spreading from person to person via accidental beverage sharing! The problem is, how do you mask that giant gaping hole at the end of the cup? (Not the one in people's mouths, though sometimes people do dream of doing that, amirite?) Most insulated cup owners still want their drink to be touching the stainless steel, not cured powder coat.

Viadon can help

Give us a call at 866-534-3900 or shoot us an email at [email protected], and we can get you set up with the necessary items to mask these popular drinking containers with any of the wide range of powder coating colors available from your favorite powder supplier. Need some tips on how to mask the insulated cup for the best effect? We've got your back. And racking! How are you gonna rack that sucker? How will you ground it while it's masked?
We've got some ideas for you.

Give us a shout - we'll help you out.

Here's some links to a few items that can get you started:

STP Silicone Tapered Plugs (Solid)

HTP Silicone Hollow Tapered Plugs

Lined Green Polyester Tape

Do you make/add custom logos or designs on these rambler/tumbler cups? Viadon can provide you with the pre-Lined Green Polyester Tape for your plotter or vinyl-cutter machine too that has a higher temperature rating than the Cricut-type vinyl tapes that must be pulled out of the oven before the adhesive fails.

Stainless steel cup with masking plug
Stainless Steel Cup with Masking Plug