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USG #1 Moulding Plaster 50 Lbs.
USG #1 MOULDING PLASTER
An ornamental plaster used for creating decorative trim or running cornices.
Molding plaster is designed for use where expansion control, hardness and strength are not primary considerations.
Often referred to as plaster of Paris or soft plaster, USG® No. 1 molding plaster is used to create waste molds or temporary patterns where surface hardness and strength are not crucial. USG No. 1 molding plaster:
- Offers a controlled set that provides uniform workability
- Has a fine grain – making it ideal for producing sharp detail when used neat for cast work
- Complies with ASTM C28
- Sets in 27-37 minutes after mixing
- Requires 70 parts water by weight per 100 parts plaster
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Almost always one of the lowest cost solutions to your industrial product and process problems or product development opportunities
▪ Simplify a variety of manufacturing applications
▪ Easy to use and handle
▪ Retain desirable physical properties
This USG pottery plaster provides a controllable setting performance few other materials can offer. By adding accelerators or retarders, you can shorten or lengthen its setting time and reproduce setting time from batch to batch.
Controllable setting time . . .
▪ Gives you a broad choice of working times, ranging from about 3 minutes to 20 hours
▪ Maximizes production rate
Note: Plaster sets with a sharp, definable, measurable action. It sets fast—faster than typical portland cements and other cementitious materials.
Only plaster among cementitious materials offers controllable expansion—ranging from 0.0005 to 0.0156 in. per in. (or 3⁄16 per ft.). Plaster formulations can come closer to zero expansion than many other materials.
Controllable expansion . . .
▪ Ensures high dimensional accuracy
▪ Ensures duplication of fine detail
▪ Provides a positive mechanical key when
poured into a cavity.
Ease of Use:
Plaster can be fabricated or used in four main ways:
1. Mixed as a fluid slurry, it can be cast or sprayed
2. Worked in a plastic state by screeding or template forming
3. Pressed between dies as a semi-wet powder
4. Carved or machined as a solid
In fluid slurry form, plaster pours easily into flexible or rigid molds. Viscosity ranges from nearly water to molasses. Plaster captures fine detail and can be parted from any nonporous surface. Properly formulated, it can be self-leveling and pumpable.
In plastic mass form, plaster can be built up, troweled, added to, scraped away, or sculpted as easily as clay. Viscosity ranges from that of butter to modeling clay, or plaster can be applied as a plastic mass to virtually any contour—and will set in place to produce a reverse contour.
In solid form, casts from plaster formulation can be carved or machined using conventional tools and equipment, including numerically controlled milling equipment.
Only gypsum among commercial materials possesses extreme ranges in strength, absorption, and density. For example:
▪ Compressive strength (and hardness) can
range from that of weakest chalk to four times greater than concrete
▪ Absorption can equal that of a rigid sponge or an impervious surface that sheds water
▪ Density can vary from that of popcorn to stone
This great range occurs by selecting the appropriate plaster formulation, then controlling the amount of mixing water. The graph below indicates how you can obtain this range through predictable control of desired characteristics.
Only gypsum among casting materials is self cleaning in the mold—a basic requirement in the ceramics industry. What gives gypsum this advantage is its solubility (about two grams per liter of distilled water).
Note: If reduced solubility is not required, gypsum cements can be formulated to meet conditions— it’s that versatile.
Industrial plasters and gypsum cements readily blend with chemicals and aggregates to achieve special properties. Both wet and dry blending are done with various chemicals, powders, and granular materials.
These include: talc iron oxide kaolin resins ball clay asphalt perlite starches sand dyes vermiculite pigments wood fiber polymers foaming agents powdered glue set-time control additives glass/polymer fibers
Compatibility with other chemicals, aggregates
Note: Except for special gypsum cement formulations, do not use coarse aggregates (gravel, stone, rip-rap, or any aggregate larger than 10 mesh) as gypsum crystals do not readily bond to them.
Industrial plasters and gypsum cements are noncombustible. With a coefficient of thermal conductivity (k) of 0.25 to 4.0, depending on density and additives, these materials provide a high degree of fire resistance. When exposed to heat, they do not exceed 212 °F until three quarters of the chemically combined water is driven off. At about 1800 °F the CaSO4 portion dissociates into quicklime (CaO) and sulfur trioxide (SO3). Dry gypsum is electrically non conductive and makes a good insulating medium.