Hey all! I found a great little video by MegaWhat.TV in 2009 that shows exactly how ACS make their custom silicone products.
After buying their custom silicone sleeves for my TF10vi's when they were significantly cheaper, and subsequently loosing my left side sleeve, I have decided to replace it myself. I'm going to start with simple earplugs to improve my sleep, then custom sleeves, then finally, full concha triple driver IEMs!
But I need your help! Some of these things in the video I do not know enough about to finish the job!
If you can answer any of these questions, I would be very grateful:
1. What brand/product is the 2 part soft-silicone mix used in the squirt-gun when filling the mould Andy made? (It's Dreve Biopor AB 40)
2. What type of drill is the one used to make a hole in the sleeve?
I caught a glimpse of the silicone mix Andy used for making the moulds themselves and it led me to their supplier for the moulding solution : Bracon Limited
After going through their product catalogues, which are a mess, I realised by the other machinery in the room that this dental company seemingly provides all their fabrication products including the recyclable silicone machine.
Have a look at the video DIYers, and tell me what you think!
UPDATE: Found the solution used for making the moulds. It is called "Gemini 21" and is listed on page 10 of this PDF. This is the only Gemini product that is Opaque when set, so it wasn't hard to identify!
UPDATE 2: The fancy injector gun is a Zhermack D2. They aren't cheap at all lol. Pretty sure I am on the right track with this dental supplies company!
UPDATE 3: Interest in whether I should consider a full-concha mould over a half-concha mould led me to the "ACS Custom" website for IEMs. In the specifications there, I found that the silicone used for the construction of the final earpiece is 40 shore. I am keeping my eye out now for additive cured clear 40 shore silicone Zhermack D2 cartridges. Will update again when I know more.
UPDATE 4: I looked into things a bit further, found a company called Dreve who makes the Biopor range of otology products and checked the video, where you can clearly see the ones on the shelf match the packaging of the Biopor range. Now all I need to know about is the drill! Pretty sure that is the easy part.
Edited by Ehsan - 10/7/13 at 5:59pm