Rubber ducks are a classic toy that has been enjoyed by generations of children and adults alike. These cute and colorful toys are a staple of bath time and have become a symbol of childhood. But have you ever wondered how rubber ducks are made?
The first step in making a rubber duck is to create a mold. The mold is made from a high-quality, heat-resistant silicone material, which is designed to withstand the high temperatures of the manufacturing process. The mold is created by injecting liquid silicone into a pattern of the duck’s shape, which is then cured in a heat-controlled environment to form a solid mold.
Once the mold is complete, the next step is to create the rubber duck itself. The raw material used to make rubber ducks is a type of rubber called vinyl. Vinyl is a flexible, durable material that can be molded into various shapes. The vinyl is poured into the mold, which is then heated to a specific temperature to cure the vinyl and form the rubber duck’s shape.
After the rubber duck has been formed, it is removed from the mold and sent to a finishing department where any excess vinyl is trimmed away. The duck is then cleaned and dried before being painted. The paint used to color the rubber ducks is a special type of paint called “flocking,” which adheres to the vinyl surface and is resistant to water.
The final step in making a rubber duck is to add any additional details, such as eyes or a beak. These details are typically made from a non-toxic, water-resistant plastic material that is attached to the duck using a special adhesive.
So when you watch your ducks race to glory, spare a minute to appreciate all the hard work put in to creating these little yellow toys!