Aluminum powder is applied as an additive for two main reasons in the prototype and product manufacturing.
- For functional reasons: since aluminum is a good heat conductor, it is used as a thermal conductor for certain plastic moulds in order toso as the their desired temperature is stabilized. There are several types of resins that have to casted and kept in the mould at constant temperature to achieve the desired technical characteristics.
- For aesthetic reason: Aluminum, blended e.g. with Art Clay, or epoxy resin, gives a metallic, silvery, and patina shine to the product. You can also make a product with aluminum additive that imitates metal objects. E.g. knives, daggers, swords, weapons.