Elastomeric materials have the ability to stretch and then rebound back to their original shape. Elastomers provide a range of other benefits, including high elasticity, abrasion and tear resistance, impermeability, soft textures, and slip resistance. They can also withstand significant temperature fluctuations and are ideal for temperature and electrical insulation.
Elastomers can be chemically tuned for a broad range of applications. For example, elastomeric materials could be tuned for improved rebound for something like a shoe sole or tuned for a low rebound, dampening product like a grip. They can also provide suction and sealing. Depending on the application, selecting the right material can improve the desired characteristics of the final part.