:: Nano
/ Nano mold coating™
For more information on the application and MSDS sheet Click the below links:
:: Nanotechnology :: Nano mold release™ / Nano mold coating
:: How It Works :: Common Problems in the Molding Industry
::Plastic Molding and Die Casting :: Material Safety Data Sheet
:: General Application and Storage

 Nano mold coating™ is a self applied (in house), non-migrating mold coating, which facilitates part release for up to 300,000 cycles per coating and it's only 100 nanometers thick.  It provides substantial increases in productivity, savings in downtime, and typically costs less than $10.00 per application.

 Molders all over the world, in a wide variety of markets, are working with Nano Mold Release.  Some of them include Nypro, Silgan, Rexam, ITW, UFE, Phillips Plastics, Flextronics, Coca Cola bottling, Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, (multiple tier automotive suppliers), Boeing, etc.

 Nano mold coating™ Benefits:

  • Increased Productivity (decreased downtime due to removing stuck parts, and restarting)
  • Easily applied in house (approximately 10-15 minutes) you don't have to send tools out for coating and repairs.
  • Facilitate release for up to 300,000 shots per coating
  • Eliminate part rejects due to streaking and dragging upon mold fill
  • Apply to metal on metal parts like ejector pins
  • Minimize or eliminate ejector pin push marks
  • Maintains dimensional integrity of molds (coating is hardened and is only 100 nanometers thick. It is immeasurable)
  • Eliminate the need for aerosol release agents (major cost savings) 
  • Reduction in molding pressures (due to lowered coefficient of friction)
  • Does not migrate to parts (so contamination on parts and painting of parts is not an issue)
  • Acts as a rust and corrosion inhibitor
  • It is FDA compliant and totally non-toxic
  • Can be applied to all mold materials

Note: The unfilled materials like Olefins will provide greater longevity than glass filled materials (like nylons), but it works great on all plastics.

  Nano mold release™ is available, from THERMAL TECH EQUIPMENT, in the following sizes:

  • Sample kit, 5ml  
 $    190   approx. coverage:   5-  10 sq. ft.
  • Standard kit, 15ml 
 $    495   approx. coverage: 15-  30 sq. ft.
  • Standard kit, 25ml
 $    750   approx. coverage: 40-  60 sq. ft.
  • Standard kit, 50ml 
 $ 1,200   approx. coverage: 80-100 sq. ft.
    :: Nanotechnology
    Nanotechnology is the technology that deals with devices and processes that can only be measured in nanometers. One million times smaller that a millimeter, a nanometer ( also referred to as nano or nm for short ) that corresponds roughly to the length of chain of 5-10 atoms. And is used in measurements that are only visible under extremely high magnifications. By comparison, the cross section of human hair is 50,000 times larger.

Nanotechnology has reached the level where it is now possible to not only alter molecular structures but also to fabricate molecular structures with specialized designs. This has given rise to a host new space-age substances, materials and applications. For example, metallic compounds (metals coarsely fused with ceramics) have been extensively used in the semiconductor industry to define electrical voltage rates. Today, the need for such compounds is fast becoming redundant because nanotechnology enables us to fabricate metals with highly specialized design and function, thereby providing this industry with thermally retardant metals that conduct electrical voltages with extreme accuracy and durability.

Nanotechnology doing work in greater detail, at particle level ( nano level ), to attain finite results that were once thought unattainable and impossible.

Nanotechnology enables matter to behave more efficiently and possess a wider range of functionality. It enables us to manipulate, control and accurately define the Interdisciplinary Behavior of the very atoms that make up the molecule. It allows us to tailor-make molecules with Specialized Functionality, Cross Functionality and Multiple-functionality. When we can fabricate molecules in accordance to task-specific design, these molecules function as nanomachines.

Nanotechnology is the future - and it’s here today.
    :: Nano mold release™ / Nano mold coating™
    Nano mold release™ is formulated with highly refined methods incorporating the use of nanotechnology. Its system of delivery and the coating itself bears testimony of how far technology has taken us today.

Nano mold release™  comes in a full range of products with design-based delivery systems and applications. Because of this range, Nano mold release™  has enormous flexibility and versatility in designed application methods. Intricate mold designs can now be incorporated. Nano mold release™  with a specially designed form of hybrid material as its base, is a surface coating so fine, you’d have to see it under very high magnification.

At between 100nm ( 0.0001mm) to 200nm (0.0002mm) in thickness, this coating has hydrophobic (water repelling), anti-stick ,anti-static and anti-corrosion properties with an extremely low-friction coefficient.

It reduces surface pressure, repels UV, is non-toxic, is translucent and colorless, does not migrate to other surfaces, does not chemically bond with other substances, and can be used with ease of application.
Nano mold release™  be it in the Plastics, Rubber or die casting Industries, greatly reduces the need to use traditional mold release products that require much time and labor in machine/tool maintenance. Depending on the mold design and the materials used, Nano mold release™  has even eradicated the use of traditional mold release products. Longer uninterrupted production time with fewer and shorter maintenance periods in production cycles equal higher productivity and reduced costs. A highly polished, glossy surface may appear to be flawlessly smooth when viewed with the naked eye. However, at a magnification of 20,000 times, gaps and crevices can clearly be seen. Nano mold release™  fills up all the tiny gaps and crevices on surfaces with a microscopic mesh-like structure that can withstand a very wide range of temperatures from –50 ~ 450°C without compromising the stability of the nano-mesh’s cross-linking structure or its adherence to the surface it is applied onto. And because of its unique molecular structure, Nano mold release™s inherent flexibility allows it to stretch and contract with the substrate through such ranges in temperature without cracking or peeling.

Dramatic increases in production output, reduced time spent on production and maintenance cycles, higher quality end products, and a wider range of production capabilities make
Nano mold release™  the ideal choice in the competitive manufacturing industry today.
    :: How It Works    
Beside is a representation of
Nano mold release™s self-arranging molecules when they are first
applied to a surface.

The diagram Above shows the 3 regions of Nano mold release™ 's self-arranging coating after hardening:

= The upper region that permanently adheres itself to the cross-linked nanomesh.
= The centre region upon which the upper and lower regions are permanently fused to.
= The lower region that anchors itself to the surface.

Nano mold release™ ’s revolutionary surface coating comprises three intrinsic parts that self-assemble when applied to surface structures. Together, these three regions function as a whole and work synergistically in forming a nano-mesh (a microscopic netting) that prohibits fluids from coming into contact with surface structures while, at the same time, allowing an unimpeded flow of vapor out from the substrate into the atmosphere.

The scientific explanation is as follows:

All particles posses behavioral characteristics in themselves and in relation to other particles in variances of ratios and environs. Such behavioral traits occur both at nanoscale and macroscale and are collectively known as Interdisciplinary Phenomena.

The delivery system that
Nano mold release™  incorporates involves the use of an ethanol base fluid which effectively ferries reactive (stable) and non-reactive (unstable) particles and prevents them from forming molecular structures.

Nano mold release™  is applied onto the substrate, the principles of Interdisciplinary and Inter-Facial Phenomena take effect as the ethanol base solution out-gasses whereby the reactive particles immediately affix themselves to the substrate surface while the binding region bonds to the reactive and non-reactive regions in latter succession.

The miniscule physical proportions of this nanomesh deny passage to molecular structures. Only entities at particle size can pass though the nanomesh hence, it is vapor permeable.

After completion of the curing period, a uniformed and inter-linking microstructure permanently forms on the substrate surface. This region of the microstructure, by virtue of its hybrid material base, is chemically inert and thus exudes hydrophobic properties.

    :: Common Problems in the Molding Industry
Sticking Cores
Molds not filling properly
Parts sticking in the mold
Pickup on moving mold parts
Lubricant Contamination
Streaking & Drag Marks
High glass filled resin
Major Benefits for the Mold Industry:
  Increases productivity - more parts per hour - parts not sticking in the mold.

Enhances the flow of resin in molds due to its low coefficient of friction.


Parts release quicker.


Allows the reduction in molding pressure and temperature.


Reduction in part weight as resin is not packed as tight.


Eliminates streaking and drag marks, molds fill more easily reducing rejects.


Eliminates use of other release agents. Eases color changes and cleaning operations.


Not transferred to finished parts so no washing required prior to printing.


Can be applied to metal-on-metal die parts and molding machines as a long lasting, heat proof,
 to reduce wear and seizing.


Can be applied over polished surfaces or coated surface.


May be applied over the whole mold or in specific inserts, cavities or on core pins.


Bonds to all metal or plastic materials and plating and cannot be removed without removing
the substrate.


Maintains dimensional integrity of mold.


Eliminate problems in commissioning new die sets.

  Resists carbon build-up from burnt deposits due to extremely low coefficient of friction.

IT IS SO EASY TO USE  Nano mold release™

For more information, please refer to

General Application and Storage

    ::Plastic Molding and Die Casting
    The Mold Industry, in particular, has the highest number of unsolvable problems especially when there is a demand for highly complicated design, high gloss cosmetic finishings using various resin compounds etc., that, by the very nature of their intrinsic compositions, are prone to drag onto mold surfaces and cause stretch marks.

Some of the designs and methods of phased extraction also present unique problems in ensuring end products that can meet customers’ requirements. Molten Plastic Compounds cool at varying timings. Depending on the additives and foreign materials mixed with the plastic resin, some compounds take longer to cool or their substrates are extremely sensitive and fragile.
Nano mold release™ can coat surfaces of mold, and even the inserts to these molds, to dramatically reduce the friction coefficient of these surfaces to produce high gloss finishes without using traditional mold release agents.

And even in critical scenarios where the design and plastic compound used make it virtually impossible to financially justify low production output because of the numerous, time consuming machine/tool maintenance stoppages.
Nano mold release™ has extended uninterrupted production time, significantly reducing machine/tool maintenance stoppages. Whether in Plastic molding or die casting industry etc, Nano mold release™s anti-stick and low friction coefficient properties have increased production output by about 15-20% or more. Last up to 5,000~300,000 or more shots depending on material used, even with highly abrasive glass filled resin.

Cosmetic value of manufactured parts improves dramatically by eliminating drag and stretch marks by causing mold surfaces to have reduced surface pressure and high lubricity with a lower friction coefficient.
:: Properties
Nano mold release™ incorporates the use of ethanol as a solvent base. Out-gasing occurs for a few minutes as the ethanol evaporates. The rest of the coating’s curing process is a reaction with humidity in the air ( curing period ).
Withstands temperatures of between -50 ~ 450° degree
Water repellent, Hydrophobic, yet vapor permeable
Transparent, <200 nm
Low coefficient of friction
Perfect protection against corrosion
Test in salt spray cabinate B117 average Red fail
SS 1700hrs RS 1500hrs PS 1386HRS
Withstands most acids and many chemicals
Blocks UV-Light completely and prevents fading of colors of paints and plastics
No change in manufacturing tolerances

The coating was tested by the Institute for Medicine and Science at the Tübingen University (NMI– Naturwissenschaftlich-Medizinisches Institut) Germany and showed all the contents of the coating to be NON-TOXIC.

While all facts and statistics pertaining to Nano mold release™ were procured and presented to the best
of our ability in an honest and competent manner based on all current information and technology
available to us, the molding industry is a dynamically progressive and evolving one wherein new mold concepts, designs and production methods may be applied to a diverse spectrum of new raw materials
or compositions of raw materials in which case, new, never before encountered problems could arise.

:: Material Safety Data Sheet
SAFETY DATA SHEET according to Ec-Directive 2001/58/EC
Nano mold release™  SS,RS,PS,HS-1,HS-2  
Version 3. Print Date: 4.3.05
Revision Date: 08.05.2004  

Product information
Trade name: Nano mold release™
Company: BPI Technology (S) Pte Ltd
95, Joo Chiat Terrace. Singapore 407252
Telephone: (65) 6741 0711
Telefax: (65) 6741 0771
Usage: Permanent mold release surface coating


Chemical nature:
Modified Hybrid material in ethanol solution

Hazardous components:

  Chemical Name CAS-Nr.
  Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane 10-30% 556-67-2
  Ethanol 64 – 17 - 5
Risk advice to man and the environment:
Highly flammable
May cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment.
Possible risk of impaired fertility.
Inhalation: Move to fresh air.
Skin contact: Wash off with soap and water.
Eye contact: Immediately flush eye(s) with plenty of water. If eye irritation persists, consult a apecialist.
Ingestion: Do not induce vomiting. Drink 1 or 2 glasses of water. Obtain medical attention.
Suitable extinguishing media : alcohol-resistant foam
carbon dioxide (CO2)
dry powder
Special protective
equipment for fire-fighters :
Wear self contained breathing apparatus for fire fighting if necessary.
Further information : Standard procedure for chemical fires.
Personal precautions: Use personal protective equipment.
Ensure adequate ventilation.
Evacuate personnel to safe areas.
Remove all sources of ignition.
Methods for cleaning up: Soak up with inert absorbent material (e.g. sand, silica gel, acid binder, universal binder, sawdust).
Shovel into suitable container for disposal.
Advice on safe handling: Take measures to prevent the build up of electrostatic charge.
Use only in well ventilated areas.
Wear personal protective equipment.
Advice on protection
against fire and explosion:
Keep away from sources of ignation – No smoking.
Take precautionary measures against static discharges.


Requirements for storage
areas and containers :
Keep in an area equipped with solvent resistant flooring.
Keep containers tightly closed in a dry, cool and well-ventilated
Storage temperature: < 30°C
Other data: Stable under recommended storage conditions.
Components with workplace control parameters
Components CAS-Nr. Control parameters
ETHANOL 64-17-5 1.900 mg/m3; 1.000 ppm; Update: 2001; Basis: EH40 OES; List:
Time Weighted Average (TWA):

Engineering measures
Use only in an area equipped with safety shower.
Eye wash bottle with pure water.
If the formation of aerosol/mist cannot be excluded, ensure effective exhaust ventilation.
in the working area.

Personal protective equipment

Respiratory protection: When workers are facing concentrations above the exposure limit, they must use appropriate certified respirators.
Hand protection: solvent-resistant gloves
Advise: Short time contact
Material: polyvinylchloride
Minimum break through time: 60 min
Glove thickness: 0,5 mm
Advise: Prolonged contact
Material: butyl-rubber
Minimum break through time: > 480 min
Glove thickness: 0,5 mm
Eye protection: safety glasses with side-shields
Hygiene measures: Handle in accordance with good industrial hygiene and safety practice.
Avoid contact with the skin and the eyes.
Wash hands before breaks and at the end of workday.
When using, do not eat, drink or smoke.

Form: liquid
Colour: Translucent
Odour: faint odour

Safety data

Boiling point/range:
ca. 78,5 °C
Flash point: ca.16 °C
Autoignition temperature: 371°C
Lower explosion limit: ca. 3,5 %(V)
Upper explosion limit: ca. 19 %(V)
Density: ca. 0,950 g/cm3 at 25°C
Miscibility with water: non miscible (< 10%)
Thermal decomposition: Note: No decomposition if stored and applied as directed.
Further information: Apply the following regulations and datasheets of the German BG Chemie.:
M 050‚ Handling harmful substances’;
M053‚ General industrial protective measures for handling dangerous substances’.
No dangerous reaction if used as recommended.
Human experience:
Increased liver weights were recorded in rats exposed repeatedly to Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane by inhalation or oral administration. No other liver changes were observed. Further studies on rabbits and guinea pigs showed no effect in the liver.
In range finding studies Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane affected reproduction of laboratory animals exposed to high vapour concentrations of 700 ppm, but not in lower concentrations, while effects on maternal animals were already seen with 300 ppm and higher concentrations. The significance of these findings to humans is doubtful. In developmental studies in which rats and rabbits were exposed to Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane by vapour
inhalations of high concentrations up to 700 ppm and 500 ppm respectively, no teratogenic effects (no malformations were observed).
Additional ecological information: Ecotoxicological data for this products is not available.
Product: According to local regulations, can be taken to an appropriate incinerator equipped with exhaust gas cleaning.
Contaminated packaging: Dispose of as unused product.

Land Transport
ADR: UN-Nr. 1993
  Class 3
  Packaging group II
  Classification Code F1
  Risk No. 33
  ADR/RID-Labels 3
  Proper shipping name FLAMMABLE LIQUID; N.O.S.
  Contains ETHANOL
RID: UN-Nr. 1993
  Class 3
  Packaging group II
  Classification Code F1
  Risk No. 33
  ADR/RID-Labels 3
  Proper shipping name FLAMMABLE LIQUID; N.O.S.
  Contains ETHANOL

Inland Waterway Transport

ADNR: UN-Nr. 1993
  Class 3
  Packaging group II
  Classification Code F1
  Risk No. 33
  ADR/RID-Labels 3
  Proper shipping name FLAMMABLE LIQUID; N.O.S.
  Contains ETHANOL

Sea Transport

IMDG: UN-Nr. 1993
  Class 3
  Packaging group II





  Proper shipping name FLAMMABLE LIQUID; N.O.S.
  Contains ETHANOL

Air Transport

ICAO/IATA: UN-Nr. 1993
  Class 3
  Packaging group II


  Proper shipping name FLAMMABLE LIQUID; N.O.S.
  Contains ETHANOL


Labeling according to EEC Directive:

Labeling according to the German Dangerous Substances Regulations Annex II Part 1
(preparations), and the corresponding EU-Directives.

Hazardous components which must be listed on the label:








Highly flammable



Highly flammable



May cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment.



Possible risk of impaired fertility.

S- phrase(s):

S 9

Keep container in a well-ventilated place.

S 16

Keep away from sources of ignition.- No smoking.

S 36/37

Wear suitable protective clothing and gloves.



Further Information

R-phrases, which are listed in sections 2 and 3:


Highly flammable


May cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment


Possible risk of impaired fertility.

The information provided in this Safety Dat Sheet is correct to the best of our knowledge
Information and belief at the date of its publication. The information given is designed only as
guidance for safe handling, use, processing, storage, transportation, disposal and release and is
not to be considered a warranty or quality specification. The information relates only to the specific
material designated and may not be valid for such material used in combination with any other
materials or in any process, unless specified in the text.



:: General Application & Storage    

Cleaning and Preparation

Mold Cleaning

NOTE - Clean with ethanol, 100% IPA alcohol (not a 70%/30% mix), acetone, or MEK solvent

Cleaning should be done in a room free from fumes, oily vapors and other such airborne contaminants such as mold release sprays to prevent contaminants from transmigrating from the air to mold surfaces. This ensures that cleaned surfaces remain clean.

In most cases, cleaning with ethanol (alcohol) or 100% IPA would be sufficient. However, these solutions should be wiped off before they evaporate. For cases where there is a lot of oil, grease and stubborn stains, an ultrasonic cleaner works best.

Ultrasonic cleaning should be carried out in 2 phases. The first phase is where the mold is immersed in an ultrasonic cleaner with a suitable cleaning solution. The second phase is ultrasonic cleaning with water to neutralize and remove the initial cleaning solution.

For molds constructed of hardened or tool steel, a high alkaline cleaning dilution can be used with the ultrasonic cleaner in the first phase of cleaning. A second ultrasonic cleaning with water is thereafter necessary to neutralize and remove all alkaline residue from the mold. Use a heat gun to dry the mold. Compressed air often contains moisture and is not recommended for drying the mold.

For aluminum and other such soft metal molds, the cleaning method is different. The first phase of this type of cleaning involves soaking the molds in a container of ethanol (or IPA) and brushing off the oil and stains with natural fiber brushes. The mold should then be immersed in a second container with new ethanol (or IPA) to ensure total removal of oil residues. Use a heat gun to dry the mold. Compressed air often contains moisture and is not recommended for drying the mold.

Mold Preparation

Finally, use a clean piece of micro fiber cloth wetted with ethanol and rub over the mold surface to confirm that it is clean. If the cloth becomes dirty or darkens, use another piece of clean micro fiber cloth wetted with ethanol and rub again until the cloth remains clean after rubbing.

NOTE: The repeated use of new micro fiber cloth ensures that there is no re-migration of contaminants from used cloth back to the mold.

*Apply the coating only to a completely dry surface.

Nano Application

Only perfectly dry and oil free surfaces can be coated.
To avoid cross-contamination, always separate application cloth from cleaning cloth.
Always use new, unused micro fiber cloth for application to ensure evenly distributed coatings. Ensure that the surfaces that you want to coat, as well as the areas that border these surfaces, are clean and completely dry. This is important to avoid cross-contamination during the application process.

The process of application varies, depending on the topography and architecture of the surface to be coated. The use of micro fiber cloth, soft stem cotton swabs and natural fiber art brushes are the most common application accessories used.

Before application, a small portion of Nano mold Coating™ is poured into the small bottle that comes with a sprayer attachment. Bottles must immediately be closed tightly with their respective caps.

 Whenever a cloth, cotton swab or brush needs to be moistened with Nano mold Coating™ , an eye dropper (not included) shall serve as the only means of such delivery. These accessories must never come into direct contact with the Nano mold Coating™  in bottles. This will ensure a longer shelf life and prevent cross-contamination.

Though there can be no delineation that accurately separates one surface type from another, our attempt at categorizing surface structures into generalized groupings is solely for the purpose of aiding  an explanation as to why and when different application methods should be used.

Smooth, Flat Surface Types

Dampen a piece of micro fiber cloth with Nano mold Coating™  and quickly rub it over the substrate surface as evenly as possible. A range of light rainbow colors becomes visible when the coating is too thick, and so a second piece of micro fiber cloth should be used to thin the coating before it evaporates. The thinner the coating, the better the coating will work for you. On large surface areas, this method should be done section by section.  

Broad Angled and Large Internal Cavity Surface Types

Dampen a cotton swab tip with Nano mold Coating™  and quickly rub it over the hard-to-reach areas of the mold, first. This should be done as evenly as possible. Next, use another clean cotton swab tip to thin out the coating. When all the hard to reach areas have been coated and thinned out, proceed to coat the remainder of the mold.
Complex, Fine Detail/Profile and Tight-Angled Corner Surface Types

Dampen the tip of a natural fiber art brush with Nano mold Coating™  and quickly brush over the hard-to-reach areas of the mold, first. This should be done evenly by quick, light brush strokes.

Next, use a clean new brush to brush over the mold areas where the coating remains thick. This new brush soaks up the thick parts of the coating. Dry out this new brush by squeezing it onto a clean piece of micro fiber cloth between every few brush strokes. Do this until you are confident that the coated areas are all thinned out.

Continue to coat the rest of the mold by using the application accessory that suits the remaining surface type. Remember that all applications should be done quickly and as thinly as possible.

For Ejector Pin Marks 

If the desired affect is to make the marks and build up disappear in the molding; First, fine grind and polish the top section of the pins. Then, coat them with NMR.

Curing Period

After application, the coated surface should be left to cure for 8 hours at 65° to 75° For 12 hours at temperatures below 65° F and at a humidity range of 50% - 60%. For colder climates with even less humidity, a curing period of 24 hours may be required.

  • Curing Temperature should not exceed 140° F.

  • Higher temperatures do not provide faster curing periods, it is best to let a coating cure for 12 hours whenever possible.

  • Do not cure in an oven or other use other forms of artificial heating

For double coat applications (HS1/HS2), HS1 should ideally be left to cure for at least 12 hours before applying HS2 over it. HS2 should also be left for 12 hours to cure.

Important Points On Storage

  • All bottle caps, spray attachments, and dripper attachments must be secured tightly onto their respective bottles.
  • Do not expose NMC to sudden changes in temperature.
  • Caution should be taken to avoid contact with water. A single drop of water can cause accelerated hardening.
  • Once viscosity increases and the solution gels, it is no longer useable.
  • Ideal storage temperatures are between 60-80 degrees F
  • Store in a cool dry place.
  • Once opened, shelf life it between 6-12 months, depending on proper storage conditions.