On Monday, the US Patent and Trademark Office released a patent application for a plastic molding system that can be made to attach to a variety of substrates including vinyl, fiberglass, and even PVC pipes.
The patent filing covers an adhesive that can stick to surfaces and attach to any object that it’s attached to, including plastic items.
“Plastic molders are used to make things such as vinyl, metal and plastics, but they’re also used to create structures like PVC pipes,” explains patent examiner Daniel L. Smith.
“In this case, the molding is used to attach a plastic substrate to a PVC pipe.”
The patent was submitted by the company Next Big Technologies, which was founded in 2009.
It is the second of its kind filed by Next Big Technology in 2017, as well as the first for a molding that’s capable of attaching to a rigid surface.
Plastic molding can also be used to help mold an object onto another, and is already used to add a new layer of structure to a product.
Plastic molds are made of a polymer such as polyethylene, and are typically placed on a surface and attached with glue or adhesive.
“The material can be attached to the surface of the object using adhesive adhesive and can also attach to other objects such as PVC pipes, plastic parts and metal pipes,” Smith explains.
“This adhesive can be applied with either a flat or a hollow-tip tool.
It can also form an adhesive film or attach to the edges of a PVC hose, tubing, or other object.”
In the case of the PVC pipe example, the plastic mold can be placed over the PVC.
The pipe can be bent, stretched, and bent out of shape and the plastic can then be attached.
“For this example, there is a thin layer of glue between the plastic and the PVC to make the material stick to the PVC,” Smith continues.
“When the glue is applied to the pipe, the glue forms a bond that holds the pipe to the substrate.”
This bonding process creates a structure on the pipe that can then attach to PVC pipes with ease.
The process of making a plastic moulding system can be repeated several times, depending on the thickness of the plastic substrate, which can range from a few millimeters to a few centimeters.
The company is currently working on further developments that can attach to various types of PVC pipes and pipe fittings, including PVC pipes that are a lot thinner than PVC pipe, to create a more flexible, more flexible adhesive material.
It’s unclear what type of plastic will be the material of choice for the mold, as Smith says the company is still experimenting with different materials.
“We’ve seen many materials in the market that can help to create the type of adhesive mold that is used for PVC pipes but we have not yet found a material that can do the same thing,” he says.
“However, we are in the process of testing the material and we are hoping that it will work well for PVC pipe applications.”
The process for attaching a mold to PVC pipe is not only simple, but also extremely durable.
According to Smith, the material can withstand temperatures up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius) and it’s still flexible even after thousands of uses.
“I think the biggest advantage of the material is that it is incredibly strong,” he adds.
“There are many materials that are stronger than the material we’ve made.”
For more information on the patent, please visit the patent website.