Why UV-Cure Resins?
Basically, UV curing is just another way to make any particular resin harden; Polyesters, Vinyl Esters, Urethanes, Acrylates, Methacrylates, Epoxies, Polyethers etc. You certainly can mix-in catalysts that will cause the resin to harden but there are several drawbacks to this:
- Precision measuring and mixing is necessary for good results.
- Your resin might be thick, it might be difficult to mix evenly
- You certainly could mix-in bubbles while you’re mixing
- Curing is dependent upon a temperature range of approximately 55°F – 120°F –below 55°F and it won’t cure, above 120°F and you’ve got fireworks.
- Some catalysts are dangerous chemicals.
- Once mixed, you are committed to use all the resin.
- Cure times range from 5 minutes (rush! Rush!) to 4 hours (snooze, snooze).
- Give off MUCH more pollutants while curing.
On the other hand, UV cure resins
- Require no mixing.
- Predictably cure at the same speed from -20°F to 120°F
- Eliminate the need for dangerous catalysts in your factory, in your hands.
- Allow you to use exactly what amount you need and actually POUR BACK that which you do not use!
- You tell the resin when to cure and you can tell the resin to stop (so that you may do “B-Stage” trimming). Otherwise, a complete cure is in seconds to a few minutes.
- UV–Cure resins significantly reduce pollutants, period. On the Federal side, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has deemed UV-Cure resins LAER (Lowest Achievable Emission Rate) and The Southern California Air Quality Management District has similarly deemed UV Cure as Best Available Control Technology (BACT)
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