Design Rules for Features
There are three major constraints to tooling compression molded silicone parts:
1. Delicate features that are too close together have a high risk of being damage during machining or production.
2. Most shapes in the tool are created using EDM. This process requires corners to have a radius.
3. Any openings in the silicone part must be hand torn - if the openings are too small, hand tearing is not possible.